AGSU Annual Research Symposium


Start Date: Mar 01, 2019 - 12:00pm
End Date: Mar 01, 2019 - 08:00pm

Location: Hibben Center

The Anthropology Graduate Student Union (AGSU) annual research symposium will take place on Friday, March 1 beginning at 12 pm.  The event will start off with a seminar by Journal of Anthropological Research (JAR) Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Robert Hitchcock in Anthropology 248.  The seminar, entitled Fieldwork Among San Hunter-Gatherers and their Neighbors: Anthropology, Human Rights, and Ethics, follows Dr. Hitchcock's JAR Distinguished Lecture presentation the previous evening, Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 pm in Anthropology 163, entitled The Plight of the Kalahari San: Hunter-Gatherer in a Globalized World. 

The remaining events for the symposium will take place in the Hibben Center, the full schedule as follows:

2:00 PM Undergraduate Research in Anthropology: How To

3:00 PM Graduate Research Lightning Round

4:00 PM 1st Annual Alumni Presentation:Ghandi YetishWhat hunter-gatherers can tell us about sleep: a study of sleep seasonality among the San

4:30 PM Hibben Trusttee Reception

5:30 PM Keynote Address: Dr. Richard WranghamThe Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution

Abstract: We Homo sapiens can be the nicest of species and also the nastiest. What occurred during human evolution to account for this paradox? What are the two kinds of aggression that primates are prone to, and why did each evolve separately? How does the intensity of violence among humans compare with the aggressive behavior of other primates? How did humans domesticate themselves? And how were the acquisition of language and the practice of capital punishment determining factors in the rise of culture and civilization?
Authoritative, provocative, and engaging, The Goodness Paradox offers a startlingly original theory of how, in the last 250 million years, humankind became an increasingly peaceful species in daily interactions even as its capacity for coolly planned and devastating violence remains undiminished. In tracing the evolutionary histories of reactive and proactive aggression, biological anthropologist Richard Wrangham forcefully and persuasively argues for the necessity of social tolerance and the control of savage divisiveness still haunting us today.

6:30 PM Dinner by Talking Drums