The Department of Psychology will present an informal discussion session titled, “A History of Psychology: The First 50 Years,” Thursday, October 19 at the Ewing Cultural Center. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation and discussion facilitated by Professor Mark Swerdlik, Ph.D. at 7:00.


Prior to 1967, psychology was part of the Department of Education and Psychology. The fall of 1967 marked the beginning of psychology as an independent department and the first class of Department of Psychology undergraduate and graduate student alumni.

The evening will include a presentation and discussion of the history of the department from 1967 to the present and will include a focus on the early history as well as faculty and student accomplishments over the past half-century. Discussion will include recollections from all in attendance including former department chairs and emeritus faculty.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology. To support the Department of Psychology and help enhance its educational mission with advanced teaching methods, guest speakers, and more opportunities for students to learn through research experiences, please consider making a gift to the department through the Illinois State University Foundation.

Please RSVP for this event in advance.

If you need a special accommodation to participate in this program, call the Department of Psychology at (309) 439-8651. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.