Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Seminar
Series (a.k.a. The Better Beer Hour)
What is it?
Each week we will have a speaker from the University or the surrounding area
whose reasearch draws from evolutionary theory, or has relevance for the core
objectives of the Evolution, Cognition, and Culture program. We will also
take turns provisioning beer and snacks for the group. To see when it's your
turn to bring in beer/snacks, click here.
Thursday, 3:45-4:45, during the 2008 Fall semester.
Graduate Student Lounge.
students or faculty who are interested.
Why? It is an excellent opportunity to learn about
research going on in the area.
Contact Richard Sosis at email@example.com
August 28: Organizational
Shaver (University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology), "Ritual
Feasting and Redistribution in Fiji: Some Preliminary Research."
Ruffle (Ben Gurion University, Department of Economics), "Which
Way to Cooperate?"
Note: meets at the Anthropology Colloquium Room (404 Beach) from 3:30 - 4:45.
Howard Kress (University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology)
"Explaining the Demographic
Transition in Otavalo, Ecuador: A Comparison of Three Models of the Demographic
Note: meets at the CHIP Colloquium Room (Room 14) from 3:30 - 5:00.
W. Penn Handwerker (University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology)
"The Evolution of Choice."
September 25: Darwin
Janet Browne (Harvard University) 4:00PM in
Dodd Center. Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University.
Janet Browne will be the lead-off speaker. She is the premier modern biographer
of Charles Darwin, the author of the award-winning two volume biography, Charles
Darwin: Voyaging (1996) and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (2003). She
also has been one of the editors of the landmark Correspondence of Charles
Darwin project at Cambridge University Press, and is the author of several
other books, including The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography
and Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography (2006).
Darwin Lecture Series.
Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University)
4:00PM in Dodd Center. Austin
B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director, Center for Cognitive
Studies, Tufts University. Daniel C. Dennett is a distinguished philosopher
of science who has written widely on Charles Darwin and his influence on many
fields of thought. He is the author of many books, including Darwin's Dangerous
Idea (1995), Freedom Evolves (2003), and Breaking the Spell (2006).
Turchin (University of Connecticut
, Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology), "Cooperation and Empire: Why do large territorial states
tend to arise on steppe frontiers?"
Note: meets at the Anthropology Colloquium Room (404 Beach)
Bruce Goldman (University of Connecticut
, Department of Physiology
and Neurobiology), "Unusual patterns of sexual differentiation and sex
behaviors associated with eusociality in African mole-rats."
Patrick Hogan (University of Connecticut, Department of English), "Why
the Jaguar Left Her Husband: Understanding Love Stories."
Natalie Munro (University of Connecticut,
Department of Anthropology)
, "An Archaeological Application of the
Prey Model: Intensive Hunting on the Eve of Agriculture in the Levant."
Benjamin Purzycki (University of Connecticut
, Department of Anthropology),
"Does God Know if He Will Die?: God's Attributed Knowledge as Socially
Alexia Smith (University of Connecticut, Department
of Anthropology), "New Approaches to Examining Ancient Agriculture."