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Distinguished Scholar Lecture 10/12/2022
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Category: Distinguished Scholar Lecture (CE)

Distinguished Scholar Lecture - Globalization as a Crucible for Cultural Identity Development and Family Resilience

Speaker: Gail M. Ferguson, Ph.D. (UMN Institute of Child Development)

Registration: 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Program: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Macalester College
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom
62 Macalester Street
St. Paul, MN 55105

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This presentation is designed for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and students and faculty.
Level: Introductory: Assumes post-doctoral education status and limited familiarity with topic.                                                                      

This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits.           

Online registration for this event has closed but you can still register onsite if you are interested in attending!

About the Program:
21st Century globalization is a dynamic macro context for human development that reverberates down to the family microsystem. Is globalization all bad for youth and families? In this lecture, I will argue that globalization involves both risks and opportunities that function as a crucible in which cultural identity development and family resilience are forged. First, I will summarize supporting evidence of this proposition from four different lines of research in my lab conducted locally in MN and globally. Second, I will zoom in on one mixed methods translational research line originating in Jamaica called “JUS Media?” to more fully describe the content and processes involved in cultural identity development and family resilience arising from “remote acculturation”, a modern form of globalization-related acculturation to a distant non-native culture that acts as a cultural determinant of health (Ferguson et al., 2012, 2015, 2018, 2020, etc.). Translating remote acculturation theory and empirical findings from the lab to the living room and classroom, JUS Media? is an efficacious multi-format preventive intervention designed to protect against the risks that U.S.-produced junk food advertising presents to the diets of Americanizing adolescents transnationally.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define globalization as evidenced in media, migration, and multiculturalism
  2. Explain several ways in which globalization facilitates cultural identity development
  3. Identify multiple forms of family resilience in the face of globalization
  4. Describe remote acculturation and enumerate the 4Ts of remote acculturation vehicles
  5. Apply media literacy principles to counteract negative health effects of global advertising 

Continuing Education Credit:
The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact Katie Benson at [email protected] or 952-928-4657. 

To Register:

Registration Pricing: 

Registration Type Pricing
No CE Credit Free
Professional Seeking CE Certificate $20
Student Seeking CE Certificate $5

MPA wants all members to have access to quality CE opportunities. If you are an MPA member and due to COVID-19 you are unable to work full time and can’t pay the full registration fee, please contact [email protected] to make other arrangements with staff. 

Online registration for this event has closed but you can still register onsite if you are interested in attending!

Click here to view and download a PDF program flyer and registration form.


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.