Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Septebmer 18, 2002

Whitworth Professor to Read from Newly Authored Book About the Perpetrators of Genocide

Social psychologist and Whitworth psychology professor James Waller will read from his latest book, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main in Spokane. After the reading, Waller will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase. For more information, please call (509) 838-0206.

Written for both scholars and laypeople, Waller's book reviews eyewitness accounts from perpetrators, victims and bystanders and draws from seven years of research to mount an original argument for understanding why political, social and religious groups wanting to commit mass murder can always find willing executioners.

Philip Zimbardo, president of the American Psychological Association and professor of psychology at Stanford University, asserts that, "government leaders and the public would be well served to learn some of the many valuable lessons effectively presented throughout James Waller's original perspective on the psychological processes involved in the transformation of ordinary people into perpetrators of evil deeds."

Waller joined the Whitworth faculty in 1989 and chairs the Department of Psychology. He has been recognized for outstanding teaching and research in the areas of social psychology, racism, and Holocaust and genocide studies. He has written more than 30 articles in refereed professional journals and six chapters in edited books, and is the author of Prejudice Across America (University Press of Mississippi, 2000) and Face to Face: The Changing State of Racism Across America (Perseus Books, 1998).


James Waller, professor of psychology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4424, office; (509) 467-0118, home; (509) 475-9011, cell phone; or jwaller@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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