Fear of the Dark: Cultural Myth, Psychological Schema & Prejudice

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Bahá'í Chair for World Peace Lecture

We often think of prejudice as an individual attribute, but there are cultural and psychological underpinnings that lead to the generation and stabilization of attitudes related to stereotypes and prejudice. In this session, we will explore the Western cultural conceptualization of darkness, as exhibited in old and new mythologies, and how it has created a foundation and rationale for racial marginalization of people described as "dark". We will examine how myths are represented in psychological schemas that form the bases of our cognitive organization and social expectations and how present day examples reflect their mythic legacies.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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