#LMA20 Webinar: Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction with Dr. Catherine Sanderson

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Sponsored by: LMA Annual Conference
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BoK Competency: Department Management and Motivation

On Monday, June 29 at 1 p.m. CT, participate in an #LMA20 webinar on "Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction" led by Dr. Catherine Sanderson, nationally renowned professor of psychology at Amherst College and former annual conference keynote speaker.

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The death of George Floyd has sparked protests across the country and around the world, with people demanding broad societal change to end police brutality against Black people in the United States. Although it’s tempting to blame his death on the acts of the four officers directly involved, the factors that led to this outcome are far more complex. Using empirical research from psychology and neuroscience, this talk examines why most people stay silent when witnessing offensive language and discriminatory behavior, and how significant a role this silence plays in perpetuating racism. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Finally, this talk will provide practical strategies we can all use to overcome the very natural human tendency to remain bystanders and instead to speak up in the face of bad behavior.

About Dr. Sanderson

Dr. Catherine Sanderson received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in health and development, from Stanford University, and received both her master's and doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University.

Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, and a trade book on parenting. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Her latest book, “Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels” (Harvard University Press), examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing.

Professor Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the mind-body connection, and the psychology of good and evil.

We hope you will join us for this insightful, relevant and engaging session.

Kind Regards,
The LMA Annual Conference team