Metaphors to be discussed at next Psychology Colloquium at Penn State Behrend

Strong as an ox, quiet as a mouse and busy as a bee.

We often use metaphors like these in our daily language, but why?

Albert Katz, chair of the psychology department at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss how metaphors can help reveal one’s identity at the next Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

His talk, titled “The Social Face of Metaphor,” begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in room 180 of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, 5101 Jordan Road. Admission is free and open to the public.

Katz earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Western Ontario after completing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at McGill University. He has served as chair of Western Ontario’s psychology department since 2007 and has studied a range of topics, including metaphor, sarcasm, proverbial language and puns. He has co-edited three books and published more than 90 refereed papers or book chapters.

“The Social Face of Metaphor” is hosted by Penn State Behrend’s B.A. and B.S. in Psychology degree programs and by the student Psychology Coalition with support from the Susan Hirt Hagen CORE (Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Student Activity Fee. For additional information, contact Carol Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, at 814-898-6082 or

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Last Updated January 09, 2015