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IBS Speaker Series: “IBS History and Interdisciplinary Research at CU Boulder”

November 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/98876839061 – email ibs-contact@colorado.edu for password.

Jacob Flaws, Steve Graham, Myron Gutmann, and Dick Jessor

Presentation Video

Abstract: Since its founding more than 60 years ago, the Institute of Behavioral Science has had a long, complicated, distinguished, and sometimes quarrelsome history. During that time, it has pursued a mission dedicated to studying and finding solutions to societal problems. In this presentation we outline the Institute’s history and discuss its intellectual leaders and some of its most important contributions. In doing so we focus on the ways that it has developed a structure and research agenda, and how it has confronted the challenge of achieving its interdisciplinary goals in a changing local, national and global scientific environment.

Bio: Jacob Flaws is an Instructor in the Department of History at CU Boulder, where he received his Ph.D. in the spring of 2020, with a dissertation entitled “The Spaces of Treblinka.”

Steve Graham was Administrative Officer at the Institute of Behavioral Science until 2015.

Myron Gutmann is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has been a faculty member since 2014.

Richard Jessor is Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Science and Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at CU Boulder, where he was Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science from 1980 until 2001


November 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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