For Immediate Release
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March 26, 2012 –Cornell University professor Dr. David Pizarro will deliver the annual Rev. Donald J. Grimes, C.S.C., Divine Wisdom Lecture, titled, The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty: The Role of Disgust in Moral and Political Judgment,” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Burke Auditorium of the William G. McGowan School of Business at King’s College.
Pizarro will review a set of recent studies exploring growing evidence that the emotion of disgust – an emotion that likely evolved to protect individuals from physical contamination – plays a central role in moral and political judgment. The lecture is sponsored by the Honors Program at King’s.
An associate professor at Cornell University, Pizaaro’s research focuses on moral judgment and moral intuitions, especially concerning moral responsibility, and the permissibility or impermissibility of certain acts. He has published articles in numerous journals, including the “Social Psychology and Personality Science,” “Emotion,” “Cognition,” and “Psychological Science.”
Pizarro received his doctorate in social psychology, Master of Philosophy and master’s degree from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, he served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine.
In 2006, the name of the Annual Divine Wisdom Lecture was changed to honor the late Rev. Donald Grimes, C.S.C., Professed Religious in the Congregation of Holy Cross. From his arrival at King’s College in 1972 until his death in 2005, Father Grimes served as a professor, counselor, administrator, and finally the vice president of academic affairs.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The William G. McGowan School of Business is located on North River Street. For more information, contact Dr. William Irwin, director of the Honors Program, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5493.
Dr. David Pizarro
King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.