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Evolution as a General Theoretical Framework for the Human Social Sciences

David Sloan Wilson
David Sloan Wilson
Event Start Date: February 24, 2016 - 2:30 p.m.
Event End Date: February 24, 2016 - 4 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom C

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives invites you to this lecture with professor and author David Sloan Wilson.

Historians will look back upon the 21st century as a period of synthesis for the study of humanity comparable to the synthesis of biological knowledge that took place during the 20th century (which continues). A single theory will be seen as responsible for both syntheses—Darwin’s theory of evolution. While the 21st century synthesis is in full progress at the level of research and scholarship, it is not yet reflected in undergraduate and graduate education at most colleges and universities. Professor Wilson will provide a broad overview of the 21st century synthesis and how it can be catalyzed, rather than retarded, by higher education.

About the Speaker

David Sloan Wilson is president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University in New York, where he directs EvoS, one of the first campuswide programs to teach evolution across the curriculum. He communicates through the websites This View of Life, Social Evolution Forum, and Evonomics.com in addition to his books and academic articles. His most recent book is Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others (Yale and Templeton Press 2015).

Co-sponsors: Biology Department, Sociology Department, Anthropology Department, and Psychology Department

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.