Lectures: Former U.S. ambassador and digital communications psychologist coming to campus

Ryan C. Crocker, former U.S ambassador in the Middle East, will speak at 7:30 p.m. (Ryan C. Crocker)

Former U.S. Ambassador in the Middle East Ryan C. Crocker and digital communications psychologist Marion K. Underwood will speak on BYU’s campus Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, will give his lecture in room 3228 in the Wilkinson Student Center. Crocker is now the Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Underwood is the Dean of Graduate Studies for the University of Texas at Dallas. She will be giving the 12th annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall.

Both events are free and open for public admission.

Marion K. Underwood, digital communications psychologist, will speak at BYU on Feb. 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the 12th annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture. (Marion K. Underwood)

Underwood studies social aggression and how adolescents use digital communications. She has been published in several journals and authored the book “Social Aggression among Girls” in 2003. The National Institutes of Health has funded her research since 1995.

Crocker received the rank of Career Ambassador from president George W. Bush in 2004 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award appointed by the U.S. government, from President Barack Obama in 2009.

Underwood’s lecture is titled “Social Aggression, Social Media and the Perils of Lurking Online.” Crocker titled his lecture “Middle East Meltdown.”

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