FROM: American Democracy Project RE: Ask The Expert!
3/15/2024 9:30:03 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Ask an Expert: Are we able to identify with and feel connected with people around the world?


Tuesday, March 26th

11:00 am

Via Zoom and on campus!


International researchers from the Identification with All Humanity Lab will address topics of self-transcendence, empathy and enhancing international cooperation to address real-world problems. Question and answer sessions will follow facilitated by PennWest faculty members Dr. Justin Hackett (California), Dr. Kevan Yenerall (Clarion) and Dr. Ron Craig (Edinboro).



·         California campus: Duda Hall 103

·         Clarion campus: Founders Hall 203

·         Edinboro campus: Compton Hall 107A


Panelists for the March 26 event, which is free and open to the public, include:

·         Dr. Anna Wlodarczyk is a cross-cultural and political psychologist and associate professor in the School of Psychology at the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, Chile. Wlodarczyk will discuss “Collective effervescence, self-transcendence, and gender differences in social well-being during International Women's Day: A nine country study.”

·         Dr. Katarzyna Hamer is head of the IWAH Lab, social and political psychologist, and associate professor at the Institute of Psychology of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. Hamer will address “Global social identifications around the world and their connection to concern for global problems and sustainable development goals.”

·         Dr. Theofilos Gkinopoulos, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an assistant Professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland,, will explore “Beliefs in conspiracy theories and societal divides: Current evidence and directions forward.”

·         Dr. Justin Hackett is a psychology professor and chairperson of PennWest’s Department of Psychology, Counseling and Art Therapy. He will present “Can identification with all humanity moderate political beliefs?”

For more information, please contact Laura Tuennerman,