YaleWomen Chicago: Obama on Our Minds: Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America

Come join YaleWomen Chicago, Yale Black Alumni Association Chicago Chapter, and the Yale Club of Chicago in hearing Dr. Lori A. Barker '86 discuss Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America

Date and time:
October 6, 2016
6:00 - 7:30pm

57th Street Books
1301 East 57th Street
Hyde Park
Chicago, IL

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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, Dr. Lori A. Barker '86 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 '86 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.

October 06, 2016 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
57th Street Books
Margot McMahon

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