McAndrew Lectured in Amsterdam

Frank McAndrew (Psychology) recently gave several invited lectures at Vrije University (VU) in Amsterdam. He gave two different talks on the evolutionary psychology of gossip in the Department of Organization Sciences at VU, and he also gave a lecture to the evolutionary psychology lab group in the VU psychology department. The title of this talk was “Creeped Out: Psychology, Evolution, & Creepiness.” McAndrew also recently published a magazine article on “the psychology behind why clowns creep us out” in response to the latest rash of creepy clown sightings around the world. The article appeared in more than a dozen different publications including Time, PBS Newshour, Salon, Scientific American, The Daily Beast, The Daily Mail, & The New Republic. This article also led to more than three dozen requests for interviews from TV, radio, and print media outlets. The article can be viewed at the following link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/column-psychology-behind-clowns-creep-us/#.V-13ZyD0fRU.facebook

Thrall Presents on Religion and Science Fiction

James Thrall (Religious Studies) presented papers on representations of sacred texts in Philip K. Dick’s science fiction novel The Man in the High Castle and the Amazon Prime television series based on it, at the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture conference in Seoul, Korea, in August, and the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in September. The papers drew on a book chapter on “The Authority of Sacred Texts in Science Fiction” that Thrall contributed to The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion published earlier this year.