"Confronting Hegemonic Ideas Speaker Series"
Project Lead: Robinder Bedi, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia | HxCanada and HxPsychology Communities
Robinder Bedi received an FFO grant to create a speaker series in the Counselling Psychology Program Area at the University of British Columbia designed to counter the growing reluctance to openly discuss controversial topics or admit willingness to learn about unpopular viewpoints. True to the title of the speaker’s series (Confronting Hegemonic Ideas), each speaker provides a heterodox perspective relevant to the field of counselling psychology. More specifically, the project sets out to:
• Increase awareness of heterodox viewpoints and inconvenient facts/findings that do not conform to hegemonic narratives and dominant perspectives in counseling psychology, in order to promote critical thinking.
• Model intellectual humility and respectful engagement with speakers who present controversial/unconventional perspectives.
• Create changes in academic culture and traditions consistent with the values of Heterodox Academy that result in (a) the enhancement of rigor for scholarship and (b) an improvement in the ability of trainee counselors/psychologists to serve those who differ from them, including with respect to political and ideological diversity.
View the recording for the March 17 discussion “What is Racial Equality?” featuring Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Brown University.