The Honors Program is delighted to host Dr. Bruce Alexander for a special talk offered in conjunction with his visit to UNH as a Sidore Lecturer.
The Adaptive Value of Addiction in Shakespeare, Darwin, and Rat Park
Wednesday, October 10 2018
Free and open to the public
Bruce Alexander has explored many corners of the addiction field for almost half a century. Beginning in 1970, he has counselled hard-core heroin addicts in Vancouver’s darkest streets and prisons; conducted psychopharmacological research (the “Rat Park” experiments); conducted field research on cocaine use for the World Health Organization; critically analysed theories of addiction by ancient philosophers and modern researchers; interviewed university students about their diverse addictions, investigated the “temperance mentality” through questionnaire research in several countries, served on the Boards of Directors of NGOs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
He has published three books, Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs (University of Toronto Press, 1990), The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (Oxford University Press, 2008), and A History of Psychology in Western Civilization (Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-author Curt Shelton). Since retiring from the university as Professor Emeritus in 2005, he Alexander has spoken frequently in Canada, Europe, and the United States. He posts many of his recent speeches on his website, brucekalexander.com. He was awarded the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007.