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'American Psychology at the Crossroads: 1900-1920'

The Department of Psychology will kick off its 23rd annual conference on April 29 with a keynote address by John D. Hogan, a noted author on the history of psychology. In "American Psychology at the Crossroads: 1900-1920," Hogan will explain that while most accounts identify the founding date of modern psychology as December 1879, when Wilhelm Wundt opened the world's first psychology laboratory, modern psychology actually had multiple beginnings.

The field also went through a tumultuous period as it tried to define itself, a search for identity that was particularly evident in the early years of the 20th century in the U.S. Hogan's presentation will focus on attempts to define the field during this period and the links between those efforts and the current state of the psychology.

Hogan is a professor of psychology at St. John's University in New York and the author/editor of two books, 15 chapters and more than 200 articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews. He has been active in a number of professional organizations, and currently is the president of the International Division of the American Psychological Association. He will speak at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 29, in Silfen Auditorium in Bill Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

April 27, 2011