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Tanner Lectures explore 'seeds of humanity'

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12-13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. McCosh 50

Marc Hauser, a psychologist and biologist who examines the links between the minds of humans and other animals, will present the annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12-13, in McCosh 50. The theme of the lectures is the "The Seeds of Humanity."

Hauser is a professor of psychology, biological anthropology, and organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University. His research focuses on the evolutionary and developmental foundations of the human mind, with the goal of understanding which mental capacities are shared with other nonhuman primates and which are uniquely human.

Hauser has been a faculty member at Harvard since 1992 and is co-director of its Mind, Brain and Behavior Program. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and two Teaching Innovation Awards from Harvard.

Two scholars will serve as commentators for each of Hauser's lectures: Helena Cronin of the London School of Economics and Susan Gelman of the University of Michigan for the first; and Simon Blackburn of the University of Cambridge and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong of Dartmouth University for the second.

The lectures are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.

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