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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Men, Women, and Other Apes:
The Impact of Evolution on Parenting and Other Phenomena

An Undergraduate Discussion Supper with
Primatologist and Evolutionary Biologist Sarah Hrdy

Monday, April 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below

IU Alumna Libby Baney Are our capacities to be good parents the result of evolution? How similar are humans to primates in their parenting skills? 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. Her 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. Hrdy 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. The above account was drawn from the IU Patten Foundation website.

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate supper, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Hrdy" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The supper is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

Sarah Hrdy will also speak during the week of April 1-5 as part of the Patten Lecture series:

-"The Origin of Emotionally Modern Humans: How Did Humans Become Such 'Other-Regarding' Apes?"
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30-9 p.m., IU Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room (Law 123)

-"From 'Mr. Mom' to 'Deadbeat Dads': Why Paternal Commitment Is So Variable in the Human Species and What Factors Elicit It?"
Thursday, April 4, 7:30-9 p.m., IU Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room (Law 123)

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