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Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth
September 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Lecture, Book Signing, and Special Gallery Activities
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Co-Director, Evolutionary Medicine Program, University of California, Los Angeles; Visiting Professor, Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Science Journalist and Animal Behaviorist
Adolescence is dangerous, difficult, and destiny-shaping for humans and other animals. In Wildhood (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not? The authors apply the results of their five-year study of wild animal adolescence to our species, presenting a new understanding of the dangers, stresses, and challenges we face on our journeys to adulthood. After the program, guided by Harvard undergraduates, attendees can examine and learn about adolescent animals in the museum collections.
Free and open to the public. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museum of Natural History.