Psychologist, author Philip Zimbardo to visit Penn State Harrisburg

Philip Zimbardo, social psychologist and New York Times bestselling author known for his work on the Stanford Prison Experiment, will visit Penn State Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre in the Student Enrichment Center. Zimbardo will present “Sharing My Journey from Creating Evil to Inspiring Heroism.”

Zimbardo is a psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught for 50 years.  He is also president of the Heroic Imagination Project, which teaches people how to overcome the natural human tendency to watch and wait in moments of crisis.

Zimbardo has studied and taught at Yale University, and was a professor at New York University and Columbia University. He also has served as president of the American Psychological Association.  With over 300 publications, his research interests are varied. His books and textbooks include “Psychology and Life,” “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” and “The Time Paradox.”

His Heroic Imagination Project was born with a mission to use important findings in psychology to equip ordinary people of all ages with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to choose wise and effective acts of heroism during challenging moments in their lives.

The event is open to the public. To register, visit For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Turkson at [email protected]. The event is sponsored by Psi Chi, the Office of the Chancellor, and the Student Activity Fund.