This event is a production of Emory University and is co-sponsored by the Department of Biology, the Office of the President, the Office of Religious Life, the Center for Ethics, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and the Population, Biology, Ecology & Evolution graduate program.
The lecture will be held in room 208 of White Hall (webpage). Recommended parking: Oxford Road Parking Deck and Fishburne Parking Deck.
There will be a book signing and reception in White Hall lobby following the lecture.
Look for Marc Merlin after the lecture if you're interested in dinner. We'll come up with some sort of divide and conquer plan to get everyone fed and socialized.
The Bonobo and the Atheist - A Lecture by Frans de Waal
Frans de Waal
C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior
Frans de Waal's research has shown that animals have many of the features that are generally attributed exclusively to humans, including conflict resolution, cooperation, and empathy. In his latest book, he argues that human morality is not imposed from above, but comes from within. Based on his research on primates, he concludes that religion emerged in addition to our natural instincts for empathy and cooperation.
Frans de Waal is C.H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He studied primatology in the Netherlands and joined Emory University's Psychology department and Yerkes Primate Research Center in 1991. De Waal was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2007.