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Psychological Science


Fall 2020 Event Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, Fall 2020 events will happen virtually at


Tuesday, September 8

Welcome Back Social
Join Psychological Science students and faculty for an informal gathering to kick off the semester and to welcome Dr. Melanie Nyhof to the Department. This meeting will take place on the YoTribe platform, which will allow you to meet and get to know other students! Join the meeting at

TUESDAY, September 15

Coffee & Conversation: Revisiting Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Challenge to Social Scientists
In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. gave the Invited Distinguished Address at the APA’s Annual Convention. We will consider his speech as a source of guidance on how to respond to current events in Kenosha and beyond. The text of King’s speech is available here:


THURSDAY, September 24

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting

TUESDAY, September 29

Coffee & Conversation: Considering whether to attend MPA and how to prepare yourself
As the deadline for Midwestern Psychological Association abstract submissions nears on November 4th, we will discuss what you need to know before submitting your abstract or deciding to attend the conference.


TUESDAY, October 6

“Magical Moments” Community Workshop (Part 1)
In collaboration with London’s Abracademy, this virtual workshop series for first-year students will offer an opportunity to build community and enhance student wellbeing. Enroll in the workshop series by completing a brief questionnaire at

Tuesday, October 6

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting

October 12 - October 16

The Aspire Conference
With events happening throughout the week, the annual Aspire Conference allows opportunities for networking with Carthage alumni in service of career and personal development. More info at

TUESDAY, October 13

Coffee & Conversation: Group Advising
This event will offer the opportunity to receive advising on Psychological Science classes, the major, and career options in an informal, group setting with multiple professors.


“Magical Moments” Community Workshop (Part 2)
In collaboration with London’s Abracademy, this virtual workshop series for first-year students will offer an opportunity to build community and enhance student wellbeing. 

Thursday, October 22

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting
This meeting will offer the opportunity to receive advising on Psychological Science classes, the major, and career options in an informal, group setting with multiple professors.

Sunday, October 25

Group Advising Session
This event will offer the opportunity to receive advising on Psychological Science classes, the major, and career options in an informal, group setting with multiple professors.

TUESDAY, October 27

Coffee & Controversy: Political Psychology
As the November 3rd national election approaches, Dr. Jerald Mast, chair of the Department of Political Science, will join us for a discussion of the psychology of politics and elections. Associated reading at

Thursday, OCTOBER 29

Psi Chi Colloquium: Dr. Mica McGriggs on Race, Trauma, & Somatics: Exploring the Impact of Racial Trauma on the Body and Relational Self
This talk will introduce the topic of racial trauma and its acute and cumulative impacts for both people of color and white folks. Trauma responses such as affect dysregulation and broken signal anxiety create disconnection from our ability to embody a values based life, and disconnect us from others and the movements we want to align with. Learning to recognize and regulate is the first step toward disrupting cycles of white-supremacist trauma.



Monday, NOVEMBER 2

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony
Special Zoom link to be provided to members and initiates.

TUESDAY, November 3

“Magical Moments” Community Workshop (Part 3)
In collaboration with London’s Abracademy, this virtual workshop series for first-year students will offer an opportunity to build community and enhance student wellbeing.

Tuesday, November 3

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting
Professor Lauren Barnhart will visit to discuss clinical/counseling psychology educational and career tracks.

Wednesday, November 4

Deadline for MPA abstract submissions
Details at 

TUESDAY, November 10

Coffee & Controversy: The Psychology of COVID-19
We will discuss the psychological consequences of COVID-19, including exploration of susceptibility to misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis. Associated reading at


Snack ‘n Learn: Dr. Ryan Ferguson on Moneyball
Dr. Ryan Ferguson, Senior Analyst for the Houston Astros, will join us to discuss the use of statistics in baseball and how he leveraged a psychology degree to get his dream job with the Astros.

Thursday, November 19

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting
Dr. Arryn Robbins will return (virtually) to talk about her new position with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Monday, NOVEMBER 30

Thesis documents should be submitted to Dr. Barnhart, the Department Chair, via the Thesis Submission Portal.



Tuesday, December 1

Virtual Psychology Club & Psi Chi Meeting

Wednesday, December 2

Thesis Presentation Videos due
Presentation videos should be submitted to Dr. Barnhart, the Department Chair, via the Video Submission Portal.

Friday, December 4

Departmental Talk & Poster Session

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