During the celebrations of its 395th birthday this year, the University of Groningen will award an honorary doctorate to Professor Marilynn Brewer on 5 June 2009. Brewer is one of the leading lights in social psychological research. Her specializations include intergroup relations, social cognition and social identities and self image. Brewer’s work dovetails with the aims of the Institute for Integration and Social Resilience (ISW), for which Groningen is the responsible institution.
Prof. Marilynn Brewer received her PhD in Psychology at Northwestern University (US) in 1968. She is currently the Ohio Eminent Scholar at Ohio State University. Brewer’s research concentrates on the problematic relationships between culturally diverse groups in society and on the ways that these relationships can be improved. She is also interested in social institutions such as labour organizations. Her publications are widely read by her colleagues and she is the author of a renowned manual.
Brewer has been honoured many times for her scientific work. In 1992 she received the Donald T. Campbell Award, in 1995 the Kurt Lewin Award and in 2004 the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. During her career she was chair of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (1984-1985), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (1990-1991) and the American Psychological Society (1993-1995). In 2004 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
On 4 June 2009, the day before the honorary doctorate ceremony, Brewer and a number of other important contributors will speak at the ISW symposium ‘Op weg naar nieuwe identiteiten! Zijn er nieuwe vormen van identiteiten nodig om integratie van migranten in onze samenleving te bevorderen?’ [On the way to new identities! Are new types of identity needed to promote the integration of migrants in our society?] The central question at this symposium will be whether new social identities are needed and, if so, how these can be created in order to strengthen integration in our multicultural society. The symposium runs from 1.30 – 5 p.m. More details about the symposium will follow.
More information: Prof. K.I. van Oudenhoven-van der Zee (Director of ISW), tel. 050 -363 6352, e-mail: k.i.van.oudenhoven-van.der.zee rug.nl
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