Dr. Lori A. Barker - "Obama on Our Minds"

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Dr. Lori A. Barker discusses Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America.

At 57th Street Books


Co-sponsored by Yale Black Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter; Yale Chicago; YaleWomen; and Yale Chicago's 150th Anniversary

About the book: On the evening of November 4, 2008, as news of Barack Obama's presidential victory spread, television footage depicted the emotional reactions of people across the country and the globe. As Obama gave his acceptance speech in Grant Park that night, the camera focused on those in the audience who were overjoyed, tears streaming down their faces. People cheered. Spontaneous and joyful celebrations broke out in the streets. Change had finally come.

Analysts describe Barack Obama's success as "unheard of"--a meteoric rise--leaving many in the elite political circles astonished at what he had accomplished in his campaign. With his success, many questions arose: How was a junior senator from Chicago able to do this? Why does he evoke such strong reactions? What cultural shifts took place in American society for this to happen? Do we now live in a post-racial society, and what will this mean for the next generation?

In Obama on Our Minds, Lori A. Barker leads a team of expert multicultural theorists and researchers studying racism, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and immigration to answer these questions and analyze the enormous impact of this groundbreaking event in our nation's history.

About the author: Dr. Lori A. Barker is a professor in the Psychology and Sociology Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She received her BA in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. After receiving her degree, Dr. Barker spent one additional year at UCLA as a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Barker is a licensed clinical psychologist has a small private practice in Riverside, California.

Dr. Barker is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association (WPA) and a recipient of their Outstanding Teaching Award. Other awards include Outstanding Advisor, Psi Chi Western Region; Outstanding Advisor, Office of Student Life, Cal Poly Pomona; and Professor of the Year, Psi Chi, Cal Poly Pomona Chapter. Her primary area of interest is multicultural psychology and she is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook on that subject titled, Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities (Oxford University Press). Her most recent book is Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America (Oxford University Press). Her research focuses on factors that influence the effectiveness of multicultural education and diversity training programs, and the psychological impact of Obama’s presidency. Dr. Barker regularly gives presentations, workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses for community and professional organizations.

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Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637