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Influential Psychologist to Lecture at UCR

Influential Psychologist to Lecture at UCR

(March 31, 1999)

Joseph L. White, co-author of the book, "Black Man Emerging," will give a lecture at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the International Lounge at the University of California, Riverside. The talk is free, sponsored by African Student Programs.

White, professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, is the author of three books, many research papers and several articles for the popular media on African-American psychology and family issues. He was one of the psychologists who in the early 1970s successfully challenged the legality of intelligence tests that labeled a disproportionate percentage of Black students as mentally retarded. As a result, African-American school children are not given traditional IQ tests.

He also established the first Educational Opportunity Program at California State University at Long Beach, and then with the backing of California lawmaker Willie Brown, expanded that program in 1968 to all 19 California state university campuses.

In 1994, White received the Citation of Achievement in Psychology and Community Service from President Clinton.

White's latest book, co-authored with James H. Cones, III, is a discussion of the issues facing African-American men in this country. Using case histories of men who have failed and men who have succeeded, the book offers strategies for responding to racism and entrenched power, and ways to continue empowering African-American males to take charge of their own lives.

White's article in "Ebony" magazine in 1970, "Toward a Black Psychology," was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology. He has been affectionately called one of the "fathers of Black psychology" by his students, mentees and young colleagues.

The lecture is co-sponsored by The Associated Students of UCR; the Student Life & Leadership Center; Campus Relations; The Center for Ideas & Society; the Department of Psychology; the Department of Ethnic Studies; The Underrepresented Students' Career Development Program/The Career Service Center; The GradTrack Program; and the Counseling Center.

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