Our guest speaker, Philip Zimbardo, created and
ran what turned out to be one of the most famous
experiments in the field of psychology. Students at
Stanford volunteered for this experiment, which was to
simulate a prison. Students either played guards or
prisoners, selecting their roles by drawing lots. The
experiment was to run for two weeks. However, the
students portraying guards became so brutal to their
prisoners that Dr. Zimbardo stopped the experiment
after six days.
Dr. Zimbardo is presently a professor at Stanford
University, but he grew up in New York. He graduated
from Brooklyn College with honors and continued to
Yale University where he completed a doctorate in
psychology. After completing his formal education. Dr.
Zimbardo wasted no time delving into research, training, and teaching. His career has taken him from Yale to
New York University and finally to Stanford University,
where he is director of the Stanford University Social
Psychology Research Training Program.
Besides his teaching responsibilities at Stanford
University, Dr. Zimbardo consults for cities, police
departments, companies, states, and medical institutions. He has also appeared on all the major television
networks as well as local stations across the nation. As a
result of Dr. Zimbardo's diverse activities he has
received many honors. The Distinguished Teaching
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in
Psychology, awarded by the American Psychological
Foundation, and Best Psychology Teacher in California,
awarded by California Magazine, are just two of eighteen
honors listed on his resume.
Dr. Zimbardo is a dynamic, interesting, and informative speaker; he has been selected by the psychology
department as part of the Athenaeum's Academic
Leaders series. We are excited to invite you to his
presentation titled "Taking Control of Your Time . . .
Before It's Too Late." The dinner, which is limited to
CMC persons and students enrolled in psychology
courses at CMC, begins at 6:00. The speech, which is
open to all, begins at 7:00 in McKenna Auditorium.