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Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Master Narratives and Identity Development: How Stories in Society Become the Stories of Ourselves
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST
Category: Distinguished Scholar Lecture (CE)

Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Master Narratives and Identity Development: How Stories in Society Become the Stories of Ourselves

Speaker: Moin Syed, Ph.D., Psychology Professor, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The Minnesota Psychological Association cosponsors Distinguished Scholar Lectures with Macalester College’s Psychology Department

Tuesday, March 28 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Registration: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credit
Level: Introductory: Assumes post-doctoral education status and limited familiarity with
Location: Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Boardroom, St. Paul, MN


About the Program:
Stories are all around us—we tell them, we hear them, and we often think of our lives as a story. Decades of research in narrative psychology has demonstrated the foundational role of stories for developing a sense of identity. But where do these stories come from? What role does the broader society play? The concept of master narratives reveals how there are cultural scripts, or templates, that inform how we think about and construct our own personal identities. This talk will 1) outline the basic ideas behind the master narrative framework, 2) detail how master narratives maintain inequalities in society, and 3) describe the implications of master narratives for understanding psychological well-being.

This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. Attendees must attend entire session to gain credit.
The speaker has no conflicts of interest to report

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how and why master narratives impact individual identities
  2. Identify master narratives present in the broader society and the participants’ communities
  3. Apply the concept of master narratives to participants’ own work and interests in psychological well-being

About the Presenter:
Moin Syed, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Syed is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His primary research area is identity and personality development among ethnically-diverse adolescents and emerging adults, with a secondary interest in methodological, theoretical, and historical issues in the social sciences. He has published nearly 150 articles and chapters, is past Editor of both Infant and Child Development and Emerging Adulthood, and is co-PI of the Northstar STEM Alliance, an NSF-LSAMP project that seeks to improve the positive experiences and graduation rates of underrepresented students in STEM across Minnesota.
You must attend the full program to get continuing education credit.

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. 

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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.  

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.