CSU, Chico News

Colloquium Will Explore the Benefits of Altruism

Date: 04-03-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Eddie Vela
Behavioral and Social Sciences

The California State University, Chico College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Faculty Colloquium will honor psychologist Daniel L. Worthen, co-author, with religious studies professor Andrew M. Flescher, of “The Altruistic Species: Scientific, Philosophical, and Religious Perspectives of Human Benevolence” (Templeton Foundation Press, 2007).

The yearly event, which recognizes a BSS faculty member who has received national attention for his or her scholarship, will be held on April 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Worthen will discuss the concept of altruism and invite the audience to consider whether human activity can ever be understood as genuinely altruistic.

The event begins with a poster session highlighting BSS faculty scholarship from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Worthen’s keynote presentation at 7 p.m.

Worthen has taught psychology at CSU, Chico since 2000. He earned a PhD in experimental psychology from Colorado State University in 2000, where he also received an MS and a BS in psychology. His specialization and primary research is in the area of animal learning, cognition and behavior. In addition, Worthen’s scholarly interests include the neurobiological basis of behavior, perception and consciousness; philosophical issues in psychology; and evolutionary psychology.

The colloquium is free and open to the community.