Saint Louis University

The annual Psi Chi Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center. Dan McAdams, Ph.D., will present "The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Tell About Their Lives." The lecture is open to the public

McAdams is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology, chair of the Department of Psychology, professor of education and social policy director at the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University.

McAdams says the most generative adults in American society — well-functioning men and women who are committed to making the world a better place — tend to see their own lives as narratives of redemption. In redemptive life stories, the protagonist repeatedly encounters suffering and setbacks, but these negative events often result in positive outcomes. As illustrated in American lives as diverse as Barack Obama and George W. Bush, American stories of redemption come in four favorite forms: stories of atonement, upward mobility, liberation and recovery.

For more information, contact Beth Glauber at 314-977-2301.