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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

The Impact of Evolution on Parenting and Other Phenomena
With Primatologist and Evolutionary Biologist Sarah Hrdy

April 1, 2013

Sarah Hrdy is one of the leading primatologists and evolutionary theorists in the field today. Her work focuses on the evolutionary origin of infanticide, female sexual behavior in primates, and the evolutionary basis of mothering and parenting in humans. Both a Darwinian and a feminist, she is known as a pioneer in bridging feminism and sociobiology.

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Hrdy's works include The Woman That Never Evolved; Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants and Natural Selection; and, most recently, Mothers and Others, the Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. She has written numerous scholarly articles, as well as works for general audiences that have been published in Time, Science, Natural History, and the New York Times Book Review.

She is the A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, professor emerita at the University of California-Davis, and an associate at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

Among her accolades, she was named one of the "Fifty Most Important Women in Science" by Discover magazine.

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