Harvard Professor to Deliver President’s Lecture at UM

October 01, 2014

MISSOULA – An expert on how children learn will deliver the next installment of the 2014-15 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Paul L. Harris is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education at Harvard University. He will present “Trusting What You’re Told: How Children Learn From Others” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Harris also will lead a seminar earlier that day, titled “The Work of the Imagination,” from 3:10 to 5:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

Harris is well-known in the fields of psychology and education. He emphasizes the agency of children in their own education as they determine the reliability of their informants both in and outside of the classroom. The lecture will discuss his ideas about teaching, which, to be effective, must be attuned to the inner lives of children, including their imaginative and their rational faculties.

After completing his doctorate in psychology at Oxford University in 1971, Harris taught psychology at Lancaster University, the Free University in Amsterdam, the London School of Economics, Oxford University and Stanford University. In 2001, he was appointed Professor of Education at Harvard University. He became the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education in 2005.

Harris has taught and published in the areas of psychology and child, cognitive, emotional and language development. He has won book awards from the American Psychological Association and the Cognitive Development Society. He is the 2015 winner of the American Psychological Association’s Mentor Award in Developmental Psychology.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu.