Berkeley Lab

Stanford’s Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner, authors of “CLASH! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World”, to Speak May 14

CLASH Talk Poster

“CLASH! is a must-see for managers, recruiters, and staff who want to succeed in a multicultural world.”

Drs. Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner, authors of CLASH! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World, will give a labwide talk on Thursday, May 14th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the B50 Auditorium.  As the world gets smaller, people with different cultural backgrounds are colliding more than ever before.  During this talk, the authors of CLASH! reveal that a single root cause drives many of these conflicts, from global struggles between regions and nations, to everyday tensions between genders, races, social classes, religions, and even workplaces.  They will then show how each of us can help bridge these cultural divides, including those between: men and women, rich and poor, whites and people of color, conservatives and liberals, coasts and heartland, east and west, global north and south, and businesses and government.

Hazel Rose Markus, Ph.D., is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she studies how culture, race, ethnicity, social class, and gender make and mirror individual psychologies. A pioneer in the field of cultural psychology, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution. She is also a Faculty Director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions, founder and former director of Stanford’s Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and co-director of Stanford’s Mind, Culture and Society Laboratory. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Alana Conner, Ph.D., is a cultural scientist who studies, writes about, and consults on culture, psychology, and health. As the executive director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions, she helps create and share evidence-based solutions to social problems. She also collaborates with clients like The World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, and the Stanford School of Medicine to design interventions that enhance the wellbeing of diverse people around the world. Her writings have appeared in many outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. She received her PhD in psychology from Stanford University.

The event is sponsored by Berkeley Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.  If you have any questions, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at  Live streaming will be available at:

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*Note: A video of this recorded talk has been posted online.  Click here to view.