Guest Lecturer Addresses Conflict Management Oct. 9 at TNCC

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Students, faculty and staff can join Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Psychology department on Tuesday, October 9 when conflict resolution expert Dr. Richard E. Rubenstein brings an informative discussion, “Transforming Destructive Conflicts: Five Key Steps toward Positive Peace,” to the Hampton campus. A professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University, Dr. Rubenstein will be available 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Templin Hall’s upstairs gallery for a meet and greet session. The presentation follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

Dr. Rubenstein will explore the assertion that the most destructive conflicts are those generated by social and political structures that prevent people from satisfying their basic human needs. He notes that people must illuminate the connections between social institutions and psychology, thus eliminating or altering both internal and external conditions including considering how current American institutions advance or hinder peace.

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TNCC Explores the Differences Between Men and Women with New Psychology Course

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will facilitate in-depth conversations about the disparities and similarities between men and women with PSY 265: The Psychology of Men and Women. The new three-credit course will be offered during the spring 2011 semester as an elective for students who have successfully completed PSY 200: Principles of Psychology.

TNCC Assistant Professor Adjunct Tina C. Sherwood completed her doctoral dissertation on the topic in 2007 and will teach the course. “Some of the main lessons that I hope that students learn is that despite what is provided in the mass media, studies have shown that men and women are more similar than different and this course will allow equal consideration to both their similarities and differences,” Sherwood said.

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