M. Jones, Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological
and Brain Sciences and Africana Studies and director of the Center for
the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware, will deliver a
lecture on diversity at 4 p.m., Monday, April 16, in Gore Recital Hall
of the Roselle Center for the Arts.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed
by a reception in the lobby, celebrating Jones’ career accomplishments
and his recent retirement. The event is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences.
A longtime UD faculty member and
internationally recognized scholar in the areas of prejudice, racism and
diversity, Jones will speak on the topic “Why and How Diversity
Matters: A Personal and Intellectual Journey.”
He will discuss how diversity—myriad forms of human difference—has
become a Rorschach test for beliefs about power, social justice,
civility and psychological and cultural health. The lecture will examine
the what, why and how of diversity as illustrated by personal family
history and scholarly critique.
Jones’ principal conclusion is that diversity is a hallmark of human
society, spawning both profound conflict and grand possibilities for the
highest human achievement. Learning how to minimize the former and
maximize the latter is human society’s diversity challenge, he says.
Jones is a social psychologist who earned his doctorate at Yale
University and has taught at Harvard and Howard universities. He
published the first edition of Prejudice and Racism in 1972, and the second edition in 1997. His most recent book, The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism, with Jack Dovidio and Deborah Vietze, was published in 2014.
He is a former executive director for public interest and director of
the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological
His numerous awards include the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of
the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race;
the 2001 Kurt Lewin Award and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by
the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; the 2007
Distinguished Psychologist Award by the Association of Black
Psychologists; the 2011 Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award from
the American Psychological Association; the 2018 Gold Medal Award for
Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest; and, most
recently, the 2018 Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Justice from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia Teachers College.
Those planning to attend the lecture and reception are asked to RSVP by April 9 at email@example.com or 302-831-2793.