PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2023-2024

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Science Talk

Thursday, 16 November 2023
PEN DLS Series 2023-2024
Dr. Oliver Rollins

Dr. Oliver Rollins

Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington


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Dr. Rollins is an Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. He focuses on the impacts of race/racism in and through neuroscience. Dr. Rollins is the author of Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, 2021), which examines the sociological impacts of neuroimaging research on violence, especially its limitations when dealing with social inequalities. He is currently working on two new projects. One project examines the neuroscience of implicit bias and the challenges of operationalizing racial prejudice and identity as neurobiological processes. The other project seeks to elucidate the barriers and potentials for "antiracist" neuroscience. Dr. Rollins received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.