“UNCWednesday” Series Continues as Psychology Professor Dale Cohen Examines How People Make Moral Decisions

Thursday, February 16, 2017

UNCW psychology professor Dale Cohen will explore “How People Make Moral Judgments” as part of the “UNCWednesday” series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. His presentation, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Wrightsville Beach Room of Fisher Student Center.

“CAS faculty conduct research on topics that have practical applications or implications, and they embrace the opportunity to share their work with the community through ‘UNCWednesday,’” said CAS dean Aswani Volety. “This discussion series provides an excellent forum to show the public what we do and why it matters.”

Cohen’s presentation will explore the psychology behind moral judgments – decisions of right and wrong that lie at the heart of life’s most difficult choices. For example, is torture acceptable if it may save innocent lives? How would a mother react if forced to choose between her child’s life and the lives of her colleagues? The presentation will end with a short question-and-answer period.

“UNCWednesday” shines a spotlight on CAS faculty research in the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences. With its dual focus on research and community engagement, the series supports priorities outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan.

The inaugural series opened in January with a panel discussion of UNCW history professor Paul Townend’s recently published book, The Road to Home Rule: Anti-Imperialism and the Irish National Movement. Two additional programs are planned for the spring semester:

Melissa Stein, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky, will speak on “Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity,” based on her book of the same title, at 6 p.m. March 22 in the Wrightsville Beach Room.

Joe Pawlik, UNCW professor of biology and marine biology, will share his research on “Chemical Ecology of Sponges on Caribbean Coral Reefs” at 6 p.m. April 19 in the Wrightsville Beach Room.

Free visitor parking is available in Lot M off Riegel Road.

Planning is underway for the 2017-18 “UNCWednesday” series.

-- Tricia Vance