Laura Smalarz to Discuss Psychology and Criminal Justice

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 27, 2017—Laura Smalarz, assistant professor of psychology at Williams College, will give a talk titled “What Psychology Can Tell Us About Criminal Justice” on Thursday, Oct. 5. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Smalarz will discuss the role of social biases in the criminal justice system and share some of her recent research on the effects of criminal stereotypes on legal judgments. Smalarz teaches a course at the college titled Psychology and Law, which examines the legal system in light of psychological research findings, Supreme Court rulings, wrongful conviction cases, and illustrative crimes.

This talk is sponsored by Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. This year’s common read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.


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