PSU Sidore Lecture Series Hosts Michael Kraus April 17

March 28th, 2012 by Elizabeth

Discussing Social Class, Solipsism and Contextualism: Why the Rich are Different from the Poor


SpeakerPlymouth, N.H. – The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Michael Kraus, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Kraus will discuss “Social Class, Solipsism and Contextualism: Why the Rich are Different from the Poor.”

Social class permeates social life, shaping everything from where people live to the food they eat and the music they listen to. And yet, research typically emphasizes the pathology of the lower class: the psychological and physiological shortcomings lower-class individuals experience due to their reduced status in society.

In his talk, Kraus advocates for an alternative cultural perspective on social class, suggesting that the contexts of lower- and upper-class individuals—characterized by disparities in material resources and socioeconomic rank—create reliable and sometimes surprising differences in prosocial tendencies, such as empathy and generosity, among lower- and upper-class individuals.

This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on the various forms of poverty that plague societies around the world, while sharing concrete solutions. Kraus is the final speaker for academic year 2012.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU,