Finding Tolerance

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Dr. Angela Maitner

Humans are adept at noticing categorical differences between people, and tend to align themselves with others with whom they find common ground. Angela will discuss institutional support mechanisms and psychological processes and motives that allow people to develop acceptance and respect for different cultures, practices, and beliefs. Drawing from social psychological research findings, and using leader’s and citizen’s responses to the Christchurch mosque attack as a case study, Angela will explain challenges and opportunities associated with inspiring humans to find tolerance in the face of colliding beliefs and values.

Angela is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the American University of Sharjah. She teaches courses in Social and Cultural Psychology, Research Methods, and Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination. Her research investigates conflict and discrimination cross-culturally, focusing on the role of social identity and emotion as motivators of conflict.

Angela completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Kent, UK, before moving to AUS in 2009. Living and working in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, Angela believes strongly in values and global benefits of human unity.