Carleton Connects: Professor Neil Lutsky, Philosophy

22 October 2013

This program took place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The famous (or infamous) Milgram “obedience” experiments are now 50 years old.  Recent research–new studies, interviews with participants in the original studies, and reviews of materials in Milgram’s archives at Yale–suggests we may need to revise our understanding of these experiments and our assessments of their ethics.  In this October Carleton Connects program, Professor Neil Lutsky, Department of Psychology,  will present “You Must Attend! What You Don’t Know About The Milgram Experiments” where he will summarize what we now know about what are, arguably, psychology’s most influential studies.

Neil Lutsky, (Ph.D., Harvard University) teaches courses in social psychology, social cognition, personality, general psychology, positive psychology, and quantitative reasoning. He is a former president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) and the 2001 recipient of the Walter D. Mink Undergraduate Teacher Award given by the Minnesota Psychological Association and the 2011 recipient of the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award given by the American Psychological Foundation. He directed a 2004-2008 Department of Education FIPSE grant to Carleton on “Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge,” and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Numeracy Network. His professional interests include the teaching of psychology, quantitative reasoning, the social psychology of obedience to authority, psychology and the Holocaust, and the study of therapy, relationship, and other life endings.