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In 1979, La Salle University celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Psychology by awarding honorary degrees to three prominent psychologists: Anne Anastasi, Frank Barron, and Neal Miller. That same year, Frank Barron, an internationally known expert on creativity and an alumnus of La Salle, delivered the first in a series of Grimes lectures. The Grimes Lecture honors Brother Vincent Grimes, F.S.C., Ph.D., founder and first chair of the Psychology Department, and founder of the Counseling Center at La Salle University.

Since then, we have continued the tradition by inviting a prominent member in the field of psychology each year to deliver the lecture. Past speakers include Drs. Arnold Lazarus, Stanley Milgram, Albert Ellis, David Snarch, Aaron and Judith Beck, Peter Salovey, Howard Gardner, and John Norcross.

Prior to the lecture, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty exhibit their latest research in a poster session. Following the poster session, the Department presents the Dondero Award, given in the honor of Brother John P. Dondero, to an alumnus/alumna of one of La Salle’s Psychology Department programs. The recipient must be active in the 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. The presentation of the Dondero Award is followed by the Grimes Lecture.

The Annual Showcase takes place each spring. Click here for details about the next event, and here to see Grimes Lectures from past years.