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February 26, 2017
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Laurier celebrates 10th annual Hunsberger Memorial lecture

Feb 26/14| For Immediate Release


Michael W. Pratt, Professor
Department of Psychology
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Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
Communications & Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Psychology department will celebrate its 10th annual Bruce Hunsberger Memorial Lecture by welcoming noted psychologist Louise Chawla as this year’s guest speaker. Chawla will deliver her lecture entitled, “The Ecology of Committed Care for the Natural World” on Friday, March 7 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room BA 201. A reception will follow in the Science Building, room N2005

Chawla, an environmental and developmental psychologist from the University of Colorado at Boulder, will discuss what motivates people to protect the natural world. Whether it’s as small as recycling or as large as organizing a political movement, researchers have long been exploring what significant life events can be the catalysts for people taking environmental action. Chawla will analyze the implications this research has on environmental education and nature centre programming, placing the information in the context of ecological psychology.

Chawla has written extensively on the development of action for the environment as well as child and youth participation in planning and designing sustainable communities. She is the author of In the First Country of Places: Nature, Poetry and Childhood Memory and co-author and editor of Growing Up in an Urbanising World.

Laurier’s annual Hunsberger Memorial Lecture was created in honour of Bruce Hunsberger, a Laurier professor of psychology from 1974 to 2003. Hunsberger served as the chair of the department for many years and was an influential scholar in the psychology of religion, prejudice and applied social psychology. He was also a recipient of the William James Award from the American Psychological Association.

“Over the past 10 years, this annual undergraduate lecture series has provided a way for the Psychology department to honour Bruce Hunsberger’s commitment to teaching as well as research with real-world implications,” said Michael W. Pratt, a professor of psychology at Laurier. “Dr. Chawla’s interests and commitments to the critical contemporary issue of protection of and engagement with the natural environment among the next generation make her especially appropriate as a speaker in this series.”  

The lecture is free of charge and open to the all members of the university community and the public.    


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