Can't we all just get along? Hate, love, evolution and the human way of being Event as iCalendar

(School of Social Sciences)

29 May 2019

6pm

Venue: Conference Centre (423-342)

Location: 22 Symonds Street, Auckland

Professor Agustín Fuentes| University of Notre Dame, USA | 2019 Hood Lecture 

It's 2019, hate crimes are up; love and harmony are in short supply. Inhumanity is running rampant… Or is it? What makes us human? Some scholars point to a natural xenophobia, the ability to hate, as the core of being human. Others ask us to overlook the violence and focus on human bonding, caring and compassion. A few even tell us not to worry, recent social, political and economic systems are leading us into increased wellbeing. But none of these assertions offer comprehensive, or even accurate portrayals. Diving into the data from human evolution, bodies and histories provides a glimpse of why we are the way we are. This lecture travels through two million years landing in 2019, offering insight into why racism, intolerance, inequality, and violence are possible, but not obligatory. The human way of being is complicated, creative and contentious. Understanding why suggests possibilities for a hopeful future.

Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is the Edmund P Joyce CSC Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Professor Fuentes has conducted research across four continents and two-million years of human history and is interested in both the big questions and the small details of the human experience. His current explorations include the roles of creativity and imagination in human evolution, multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and the structures of race and racism. Fuentes’ recent books include Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature (University of California), Conversations on Human Nature(s) (Routledge) and The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional (Dutton).

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