20 March 2012
Venue: Lecture Theatre B10
Department of Anthropology lecture by Professor Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame.
Distilled from his upcoming book (2012, UC Press) of the same title, Professor Fuentes will tackle misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for humans. Incorporating an accessible understanding of culture, genetics, and evolution, and presenting scientific evidence from diverse fields, including anthropology, biology, and psychology, Professor Fuentes devises a mythbusting toolkit to dismantle persistent fallacies about the validity of biological races, the innateness of aggression and violence, and the nature of monogamy and differences between the sexes.
Agustín Fuentes completed a BA in Zoology and Anthropology, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His current research includes cooperation and community in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and public perceptions of, and interdisciplinary approaches to, human nature(s). Fuentes’ recent books include Evolution of Human Behavior (Oxford), Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social Anthropology (Berghahn), Biological Anthropology: concepts and connections (McGraw-Hill), Monkeys on the Edge: ecology and management of long-tailed macaques and their interface with humans (Oxford), and the forthcoming Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: busting myths about human nature (University of California).
Professor Fuentes’ visit is supported by the Seelye Charitable Trust.