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2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science Program Continues Nov. 19

November 11, 2011  
 Filed in Events, Science

Springfield, Ohio – The 2011-12 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “That’s just wrong! Moral knowledge from the head, heart and gut” by Professor of Philosophy Don Reed.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. A wide range of academic departments are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.

While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On Nov. 19, Reed will discuss current theories of the evolution of moral impulses, emotions and judgments and will present research revealing findings about their relation that challenge common beliefs.

After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. Reed will lead activities in which participants will respond to a classic moral dilemma and also play two reciprocity games.

Reed earned his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He teaches ethics and history of philosophy, and his scholarly research has focused for two decades on Lawrence Kohlberg, a psychologist and philosopher of moral development who created the first Just Community School in Boston.

Reed, who was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1996 and 1997, is associate editor for ethics and philosophy of the Journal of Moral Education. He has been a member of Wittenberg’s faculty since 1989.

Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.

There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to For more information, e-mails can be sent to

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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