Return to Headlines

FAN Event at ETHS with Brian Lowery and Marcus Campbell on May 12

May 5, 2023  12:30pm CT


Brian Lowery and Marcus Campbell
Brian Lowery, Ph.D., and Marcus Campbell, Ed.D.
(image from  


“Selfless: The Social Creation of You,” a conversation with Brian Lowery, Ph.D. and Marcus Campbell, Ed.D., will be held on Thursday, May 11, beginning at 7:00pm, in the Evanston Township High School auditorium, located at 1600 Dodge Ave. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. No registration is required.


There’s nothing we spend more time with, but understand less, than ourselves. You’ve been with yourself every waking moment of your life. But who—or, rather, what—are you? In Selfless: The Social Creation of “You,” social psychologist and Stanford University professor Brian Lowery, Ph.D. argues for the radical idea that the “self” as we know it—that “voice in your head”—is a social construct, created in our relationships and social interactions. We are unique because our individual pattern of relationships is unique. We change because our relationships change. Your self isn’t just you, it’s all around you.


Dr. Lowery uses this research-driven perspective of selfhood to explore questions of inequity, race, gender, politics, and power structures, transforming our perceptions of how the world is and how it could be. His theory offers insight into how powerful people manage their environment in sophisticated, often unconscious, ways to maintain the status quo; explains our competing drives for deep social connection and personal freedom; and answers profound, personal questions such as: Why has my sense of self evolved over time? Why do I sometimes stop short of changes that I want to make in life?


In Selfless, Dr. Lowery persuasively breaks down common assumptions and beliefs; his insights are humbling. Despite what many may think, we aren’t islands unto ourselves; we are the creation of the many hands that touch us. We don’t just exist in communities, we are created and shaped by them. Our highs and lows are not only our own but belong to others as well. By recognizing that we are products of relationships—from fleeting transactions to deep associations—we shatter the myth of individualism and free ourselves to make our lives and the world accordingly.


Dr. Lowery is the Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and the co-director of Stanford’s new Institute on Race. He also hosts the podcast Know What You See


Dr. Lowery will be in conversation with Marcus Campbell, Ed.D., Superintendent of Evanston Township High school D202. Dr. Campbell has 22 years of experience at ETHS, starting as an English teacher, and has played a central role in the district’s equity transformation programs and initiatives.


Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to find parking and seats. Accessible seating is available in the auditorium. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.


The May 12 event will be recorded and available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, including a list of sponsors for the event, visit the Family Action Network website.