The University Record, April 18, 1994

Sociologist Piliavin to deliver Katz-Newcomb Lecture April 22

Jane Allyn Piliavin, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give the 1994 Katz-Newcomb Lecture at 4 p.m. April 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. Her free, public talk is titled “In the Beginning Is the Body: Implications for Social Psychology.”

“The ‘biological determinism’ question is an old one,” says Duane Alwin, professor of sociology and research scientist at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), who chairs the Katz-Newcomb Committee.

“But Piliavin brings a novel framework for shaping the answer. She will examine the role of biology as it affects us ‘from the inside’ by influencing the ways in which we choose settings, initiate and sustain interactions, and perceive the actions of others, as well as ‘from the outside’ wherein it affects how others treat us.”

Coffee and refreshments will be served in Rackham Assembly Hall at 3 p.m.

A seminar with Piliavin will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 23 in Room 6050, ISR, followed by an informal brunch at 11 a.m. in the same room. The brunch is $9 a person. For reservations, call Becky Bahlibi, 764-6593.

The Katz-Newcomb Lecture honors the work of two of the University’s most distinguished social psychologists, Daniel Katz and Theodore Newcomb, who helped found social psychology here.