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Our Tribal Nature: Tribalism, Politics, and Evolution

Speaker(s): Sebastian Junger, Mahzarin Banaji, Alison Brooks, Molly Crockett, Francis Fukuyama, Joshua Greene, Polly Wiessner, Richard Wrangham

New York

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$50 – $200
A Leakey Foundation Survival Symposium

Once essential for human survival, our innate desire to belong now threatens to destroy us. At a moment when our world feels dangerously fragmented and unstable, “Our Tribal Nature: Tribalism, Politics, and Evolution” brings together Sebastian Junger, Francis Fukuyama, Richard Wrangham, and other elite scholars from top universities to confront the role our tribal instincts play in building communities–and tearing them apart through partisanship, racism, and xenophobia.

Brought to you by The Leakey Foundation, this landmark symposium will draw on science, politics, psychology and more to examine the evolutionary origins and function of tribalism, its influence on history, and the role it plays in our increasingly divided world. It’s more urgent than ever for us to understand the power of our tribal nature, and how we can harness its best qualities to resist its worst.

This event includes a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 5 to 6 PM and a symposium from 6 to 9:30 PM on Thursday, September 19.

Regular Ticket – $50

Includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 5 to 6 PM and symposium.

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Premium Ticket – $200

Includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre reception from 5 to 6 PM, reserved seating at the symposium, and a signed copy of symposium speaker Richard Wrangham’s book The Goodness Paradox. Books must be picked up at the event registration table on the day of the event. $100 of this ticket purchase is a tax-deductible donation to The Leakey Foundation.

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“Our Tribal Nature: Tribalism, Politics, and Evolution” will be filmed. Following the event, videos of the program will be available on The Leakey Foundation’s YouTube channel.

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September 19
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$50 – $200
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The Leakey Foundation


The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Sebastian Junger

Author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Award-winning author, filmmaker, and journalist

Mahzarin Banaji

Department Chair of Psychology
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics
Harvard University

Alison Brooks

Department of Anthropology
George Washington University

Molly Crockett

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Yale University

Francis Fukuyama

Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University

Joshua Greene

Professor of Psychology
Harvard University

Polly Wiessner

Department of Anthropology
University of Utah

Richard Wrangham

Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University

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