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Haidt to offer keynote on morality, May 10

Visiting professor Jonathan Haidt will deliver an address titled "The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology: Evolution, Intuition and Even Politics" at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in 3 Thomas Laboratory.

His talk will be the keynote speech at this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be open to the public that day from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Icahn Laboratory.

Haidt's address, which is aimed at a lay audience, will touch upon the emotional basis of morality and the ways that morality varies across cultures, including the cultures of liberals and conservatives. Haidt, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia who is visiting Princeton's Department of Psychology and Center for Human Values, has been active in the positive psychology movement and is the author of the book "The Happiness Hypothesis."

The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium provides students with an opportunity to present their own research in a public format. More than 70 undergraduates in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering have registered to present posters of their research. Awards for the best posters will be given at a private dinner following the keynote address.

Sponsors of the symposium include the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment Center and the Council on Science and Technology.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium's website.

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