Evolution of Social Complexity

Colloquium Lecture Series

Modern humans are an outlier in the natural world. Our capacity for cultural
accumulation has allowed us to rapidly adapt to a wider range of environments
than any other creature. We live in larger and more cooperative societies than
any animals except the social insects, and we depend heavily on complex
technologies. The features that make humans so different from other animals
evolved in the four or five million years since we shared a common ancestor with chimpanzees.

This new interdisciplinary colloquium series will illuminate the processes that were
responsible for this transformation, and will bring researchers from a wide range of
relevant disciplines to the ASU campus.

The lecture series is cosponsored by the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems (CBCS), Institute of Human Origins (IHO), and School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lectures are from noon to 1:30 pm in the CBCS offices in ISTB-1, room 401 (across
from the ASU Bookstore). 

September 4, 2013
Pete Richerson
University of California, Davis 
Link to Richerson lecture page
Pdf of lecture poster <colloquium_poster_richerson_final-w_.pdf>  

September 18, 2013
Lisa Rapaport
Clemson University 

October 2, 2013
Jeremy Koster
University of Cincinnati

October 16, 2013
Joan Strassmann
Washington University in St. Louis 

October 30, 2013
Clark Barrett
University of California, Los Angeles

November 13, 2013
Katie Hinde
Harvard University

November 27, 2013
Ara Norenzyan
University of British Columbia 

January 15, 2014
Bernard Crespi
Simon Fraser University

January 29, 2014
Meg Crofoot
Harvard University

March 19, 2014
Russell Gray
University of Auckland 

April 2, 2014
Martie Haselton
University of California, Los Angeles

April 16, 2014
Bernard Chapais
University of Montreal

April 30, 2014
Steve Shennan
University College London