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“The Evolution of Between-Community Relationships in Humans: How Did We Come to be Such a Nice and Aggressive Primate?”

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you read the news, you might be left thinking that humans are a xenophobic and parochial species. If we actually look at the data, however, we see a very different picture: our species can be both very tolerant and very aggressive toward members of other communities. Why is that? How did humans come to be that way?

Anne Pisor (Anthropology) will rewind to two million years ago, and walk through the forces of natural selection that favored so much flexibility in human inter-group behavior, and illustrate how we can see the flexibility in our inter-group behavior in 2019. Pisor will focus on how globalization, technology, and migration are changing between-community relationships in South America.

Sponsored by the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program and the Department of History.

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October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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