The convocation serves as the first event of the 2006-07 Wittenberg Series, which is themed “Energy Made Visible.” Since its inception in 1982, the Wittenberg Series has brought hundreds of distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community.
Following a formal academic processional by the faculty, McAdams, professor of psychology and professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., will speak to students, faculty and staff. As part of the traditional kickoff to the academic year, Carolyn Perkins, associate vice president of student development and dean of students, will also introduce student leaders, and Kenneth Bladh, provost of the university, will recognize newly tenured faculty members and those recently promoted.
Honored as a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern, McAdams teaches courses in personality psychology, adult development and aging, theories of personality and development, and the literatures of identity and generativity. Author of more than 150 articles and chapters and 14 books, McAdams works in the areas of personality and life-span developmental psychology.
McAdams is the 1989 winner of the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association for his work on personality and the study of lives. He is currently consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Review and a member of the editorial board for Psychological Science. McAdams received his B.S. from Valparaiso University and his Ph.D. in psychology and social relations from Harvard University.
In addition to his morning presentation, McAdams will speak on “The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By” at 3 p.m. in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. This IBM Endowed Lecture will focus on his book of the same title, which is based on 10 years of research on the life stories of especially caring and productive American adults.
Funded by a gift to Wittenberg from the IBM Corporation in 1982, this annual lecture serves to enhance the role and image of science on a liberal arts campus and to bring about a larger understanding and appreciation of science as a crucial contemporary endeavor. Both of these Wittenberg Series events are free and open to the public because of generous contributions to the general fund, income from endowed lecture funds, student fees, cosponsors and foundations.
- Marj Newman
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