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April 2017

Stress and Human Evolution

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States

How does stress “get under the skin” to influence health? What about our evolutionary history causes our bodies to respond in this way? This talk will explore these questions by describing the biological mechanisms through which early life stress exposures influence later life biology and health.

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Making Things Meaningful in the Ice Age

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1104 S Wabash

Chicago, IL 60605 United States

The arts provide a key avenue of insight into ancient human behavior and symbolic evolution. In this lecture we will review some of the evidence and analysis of how our ancestors of the later Ice Age used the material and visual world to create meanings, to develop and solidify social relationships, and to become “effective world settlers.”

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May 2017

Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

What effects have other species had on the distribution of humans around the world, and what effect have we had, in turn, on their distribution? And how have human populations affected each other’s geography, even existence? Alexander Harcourt brings these topics together to help us understand why we are, what we are, where we are.

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