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Philip Zimbardo - expert on behavior in prisons, including abuse of Iraqi prisoners

NORFOLK, Va. – (Nov. 15, 2006) – Any one interested in psychology - especially prison and terrorist behavior - has a rare opportunity to hear, in person, world-renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., in downtown Norfolk from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 1. The event is free and open to the public.

Followed by a question-and-answer session, Zimbardo’s talk, The Psychology of Evil: the Lucifer Effect, will draw upon his long-term study of prison behavior and, more recently, the psychology of terrorism. Zimbardo, host of the PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, is also known for his best-selling trade books on shyness and for his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

A Stanford University professor since 1968 (now emeritus), Zimbardo also taught at Yale, New York University and Columbia University. He continues to teach at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and began a new tenure as an adjunct professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology this September. Zimbardo has received numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer and for service to the profession of psychology. Most recently, he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 350 professional publications and 50 books is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, now going into its 18th edition, and Core Concepts in Psychology in its 5th edition.

During his Norfolk visit, Zimbardo will meet with TCC psychology faculty and review TCC’s program, including professor Gordon Whitman’s pioneering textbook that customizes content and re-orders chapters from the discipline’s long-preferred sequence.

“We’re extremely delighted and honored to have Dr. Zimbardo agree to speak at TCC,” says Whitman, who arranged the visit through publisher Allyn and Bacon. “And we certainly look forward to his thoughts on curricula and textbooks for today’s students of psychology.”

Zimbardo’s current research interests lie in experimental social psychology, with far-ranging emphasis on areas from shyness to time perspective, persuasion, cults, madness, violence, vandalism, political psychology and terrorism.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit