The Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology

2024 Benjamin Lecture

Joseph E. Trimble, PhD

Tales from the Field:
Principled Perspectives for Research with Indigenous Communities

May 16, 2024

5:00 PM Cash Bar | 6:00 PM Dinner | 7:00 PM Lecture

Location: Jean Hower Taber Student Union, The University of Akron, 303 Carroll St. Akron, OH 44325

Joseph E. Trimble

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is pleased to announce that Joseph E. Trimble, PhD will be our Featured Speaker for the 2024 Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology. Trimble is an acclaimed teacher, researcher, and scholar who has focused his career on promoting psychological and sociocultural research with Indigenous populations.

The 2024 Benjamin Lecture will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024. To register for the event, click the button below.

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Local accomodations are available at discounted rates through BLU-Tique Hotel ($115/night + tax; discount available through April 25) and Courtyard Marriott ($129/night + tax; discount available through April 30).

Presentation Overview

Anyone who has conducted participatory community-based fieldwork knows it is tough and sometimes dangerous for everyone involved. To gather the information necessary to frame an Indigenous perspective of psychological phenomena requires extraordinary patience tempered with well-developed value orientations and research skills. The audience will be challenged to consider what it means to be an ethical person when conducting sensitive research with communities different from one's own.

About the Speaker

Joseph E. Trimble, PhD retired in June 2020 after teaching, conducting research, and publishing scholarly articles, book chapters, and books for 55 years. Throughout his career, he focused his efforts on promoting psychological and sociocultural research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives. Also, he is involved in research on the influence of cultural diversity leadership styles and practices. From 2000-2001, he was a Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Also, he was a President’s Professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2017-2018 he was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has presented over 200 papers and invited addresses at national and international conferences and generated over 160 publications, including 22 authored or edited books. He has received 18 national and international awards including the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Foundation. In 2019, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

About the Benjamin Lecture

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr.

This lecture series honors Dr. Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., an outstanding teacher, scholar, and researcher, whose work has contributed significantly to our understanding of psychology and its history.

The annual Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the History of Psychology is hosted by the Cummings Center each year in May.

Past lectures are listed below. Click the links to access recordings of these lectures via the Cummings Center YouTube channel:

2022: Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis, From Cradle to Chapter Three: The Impact of Poverty on My Life

2022: Dr. David B. Baker, Saving Time: The History of Psychology and the Human Experience

2021: Postponed due to COVID-19

2020: Postponed due to COVID-19

2019: Dr. Laura Stark, The Other Akron: Searching for the “Normal” Mind in Postwar America

2018: Dr. David G. Myers, Teaching Psychological Science in a Post-Truth Age

2017: Dr. Keith Humphreys, Alcoholics Anonymous and Psychology: A Long and Winding Road

2016: Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, How the Rest of the World See Us: The Mixed Perception of Psychological Science in the Public Eye

2015: Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, A Life in Memory

2014: Dr. Andrew Winston, The Explication of Evil: Psychologists and the Holocaust, 1945-1955

2013: Dr. Henry "Roddy" Roediger, Riddles of History: Sir Frederic Bartlett's Contributions to Memory Research and their Curious Reception