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Becoming Human: Community, Compassion, Conflict and the Inference of Religion in Human Evolution

Story imageOver the last two million years members of the genus Homo (humans) underwent significant changes in brains, bodies, and behavior and created a new niche, a new way of being in the world. A primary characteristic of this niche is an obligate interdependence where being in community with one another is fundamental to our flourishing. In this talk Professor Fuentes leads us through an up-to-date assessment of the last two million years of human evolution and highlights the processes of community, compassion, conflict and perhaps religion, as central components along the road to becoming human.

Location: TBA

Date/Time: 02/14/13 at 4:30 pm - 02/14/13 at 6:00 pm

Agustin Fuentes is currently a visiting scholar at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, participating in its Inquiry on Evolution and Human Nature. He completed a BA in Zoology and Anthropology, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human.

Category: Public Lectures

Department: CSR