Pills, Profits, Sex and Science:
The Erosion of Academic Freedom in the Corporate Age


Monday, December 6, 2004, 4:00 p.m.

Room 1250, Chemistry Building

University of Michigan





Carol Tavris, Ph.D.

Social Psychologist and Writer







Carol Tavris earned her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan, and her career as a writer and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about the importance of critical and scientific thinking in psychology.  Dr. Tavris's books include two leading psychology texts and two best-selling trade books, Anger: the Misunderstood Emotion and The Mismeasure of Woman: Why Women Are Not the Better Sex, the Inferior Sex, or the Opposite Sex.  She has written many essays and book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the London Times Literary Supplement, Scientific American, and other publications, and a selection of them appears in Psychobabble and Biobunk: Using Psychology to Think Critically about Issues in the News.

Dr. Tavris has given numerous lectures and seminars from New Zealand to Finland on diverse topics, including the recovered-memory controversy, conflicts of interest in medicine and clinical psychology and how these affect independent research, and the politics of research on gender and sexuality.  In the legal arena, she has lectured widely on the difference between testimony based on good psychological evidence and that based on pseudoscience and subjective clinical opinion; her audiences have included the Council of Chief Appellate Judges, judicial education programs across the country, forensic investigators, and criminal defense attorneys.  She has taught in the psychology department at UCLA and at the New School for Social Research in New York.  Dr. Tavris is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, a member of the editorial board of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and a member of the Council for Scientific Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the University of Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.  Refreshments will be served immediately after the lecture.  This lecture is free and open to the public.