Tea Talk: Crowd Psychology April 27

| April 25, 2013

Michael Hulsizer, professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will present on Crowd Psychology at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum’s Tea Talk series on Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. Tea Talk attendees gather at Valerie’s Snack Bar in the Museum’s Main Galleries for the English custom of afternoon tea.

The one-hour talk will augment the current exhibit of Jeremy Deller’s work, Joy in People. Hulsizer will be focusing on Deller’s restaging of The Battle of Orgreave, a violent conflict that took place during the 1984–1985 British miners’ strike, at the height of England’s then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s administration’s campaign to quash trade union power.

Additional discussion will include the social psychological factors which contributed to this violent clash and examples in U.S. history from student unrest in the 1960s (e.g., Kent State), police reactions to Occupy Wallstreet, and the reactions of bystanders during the Boston Marathon bombings. Additional information on this event can be found on the Museum’s web site.

 

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