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India's gender issues, immigration topic of BYU guest lectures Feb. 15-16

Ramaswami Mahalingam, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, will discuss "Cultural Preference for Sons and Female Neglect in India: Policy Implications" for a David M. Kennedy Center Area Focus Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

He will also present "Cultural Psychology of Immigrants: An Intersectionality Perspective" as part of the Women’s Studies Colloquium Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 a.m. in 4188 Joseph F. Smith Building.

Admission to both lectures is free.

The co-director of the Culture and Cognition Program, Mahalingam also serves as an associate of both the Center for South Asian Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Michigan.

His research specialties include culture and gender, political cognition, altruism, immigrant psychology and cultural effects on cognition. He has authored several books and numerous articles covering the cultural psychology of marginality as represented in the immigrant experience.

Mahalingam received both his master of education in research methodology and psychology in education and his doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Writer: Brian Rust

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