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The Psychology Department of La Salle University presents:

The 30th Annual

March 5, 2009

“The Theory of Multiple Intelligences:
Past, Present, and Future”


Poster Session and Awards Ceremony
Reception, Posters, and Awards: 6:00 P.M. -- Ballroom
Lecture: 7:30 P.M. -- Dan Rodden Theater


Prior to the lecture, we will present the John P. Dondero Award to a La Salle University Psychology alumnus/member. This award is given in honor of Brother John P. Dondero to an alumnus/alumna of one of La Salle’s psychology programs. The recipient must be active in a field in which the science of psychology is applied, has a record of distinguished service in the field, actively promotes opportunities for individuals to develop their full potential, and provides a role model to others in the field through his/her accomplishments. This year’s recipient is:



Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, adjunct professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education, and in 2000, he received a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities, including institutions in Ireland, Italy, and Israel. In 2004, he was named an honorary professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. The author of over 20 books translated into 23 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. During the past two decades, he and colleagues at Project Zero have been working on the design of performance-based assessments; education for under¬- standing; the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and the nature of interdisciplinary efforts in education. In recent years, in collaboration with psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Gardner has embarked on a study of Good Work—work that is at once excellent in quality and also socially responsible ( He is also beginning to investigate the nature of trust in contemporary society.

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Tentative Program:

6:00-7:30 PM - Alumni, Student, and Faculty Reception.  Poster Session, Presentation of Dondero Award, and Student Awards.  La Salle Ballroom – 2nd floor of Student Union on the La Salle University campus

7:30-9:00 PM - Lecture and Discussion.   Dan Rodden Theater – ground floor of Student Union on the La Salle University campus

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This year’s Grimes Lecture is sponsored by the Psychology Department and funded by the Grimes Fund.