Symposium to examine moral character and development

Author: Sara Woolf


The Center for Ethical Education (CEE) at the University of Notre Dame will host its first symposium examining personality and moral development Thursday to Saturday (Oct. 12 to14) in McKenna Hall.

TitledPersonality&Moral Character,the symposium will bring together leading scholars presenting several different theoretical and research-based approaches to the concept of moral personality and the role of moral commitments in the construction of identity.

In addition to creating a forum for dialogue among established thought leaders, the symposium aims to inform, engage and inspire the work of rising scholars in the field, and will address questions such asWhat is the moral self?,andHow should we understand moral character as a dimension of human personality?

Darcia Narvaez, associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame and executive director of the CEE, is a distinguished scholar in the fields of moral development and moral personality and has published more than 40 books, chapters and articles in the field. She will share her expertise during the symposium as leader of a session titledThe Neurobiological Roots of Our Multiple Moral Personalities.

Narvaez is the co-author of the first chapter of theHandbook of Child Psychology,titledCharacter Educationand currently directsGood Media, Good Kids,a project designed to create a database of ethical ratings of childrens mediaavailable to the public on the Web.The project also is designed to educate kids, parents, and community members about media messages, use media with ethical messages to cultivate character, and study developmental differences in comprehending media messages.

Notre Dame’s Clark Power, professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, and Daniel Lapsley, professor of psychology, also will be speaking.

More information on the symposium is available at

The Center for Ethical Education focuses on building ethical community and character. The center envisions a world in which media, sports and schooling foster opportunities for ethical leadership and intentionally promote ethical growth.

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