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Lecture to focus on women’s perspectives in early American radio

Peter Behrens, Ph.D.
11/15/2010 —

Peter Behrens, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker for the next Faculty Lecture Series event at 1 p.m. on November 17 in room 302 at the campus in Center Valley. Behrens, an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will present "Psychology Takes to the Airwaves: Feminine and Feminist Voices."


"The early days of radio in America were not without the voice of women. Research into the daily broadcast schedules shows psychological topics by women, although they never gained much notoriety," says Behrens. "This presentation chronicles the radio careers of two women with markedly different psychological perspectives: Estelle Reilly and Grace Abbott."


For more than 38 years, Peter Behrens has worked with administration and faculty to bring psychology to Penn State Lehigh Valley students. For many of his early years, he also served as a career counselor and admissions officer and got to know the personal and career concerns that students bring to higher education. Behrens serves as the program coordinator for Penn State Lehigh Valley’s four-year psychology degree program. He teaches a variety of advanced courses, including Learning, Personality, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology. The author of many book chapters and professional articles on topics in the history of psychology, his current research projects include the completion of an analysis of the published works of Otto Klemm (1884-1939), a German psychologist who contributed significantly to applied psychology, and several projects exploring aspects of the history of radio psychology from its early days in the late 1920s through the Depression Era.


For more information, please contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email aag18@psu.edu.
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