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Speciesism and the Future of Humanity: Biology, Culture, Sociopolitics: Register Now

Seminar: Other UCB Archaeology | November 15 | 4-6 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

From November 2012–May 2013, faculty at Berkeley and Stanford are organizing an academic seminar series (associated with public outreach events) to discuss "Speciesism and the Future of Humanity: Biology, Culture, and Sociopolitics." The series is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under their Sawyer Seminar Program and will aim to inspire a global dialogue on the relationships of humans to the rest of the natural world, emphasizing the present and future states of biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability, including public policy measures. We began last spring with a biological emphasis, and highlighted how scientific and evolutionary worldviews prime self-perceptions, behavior, and sociopolitical worldviews. This academic year, we will draw upon cross-disciplinary data to outline prospects for long-term global sustainability by examining solutions to unsustainable practices. 

Each academic session will involve two presenters, a panel of formal discussants, and an academic audience that will participate in active discussion. The first session this academic year will be early evening Thursday, November 15th, on the Berkeley campus (snacks will be provided) and the subsequent six sessions will continue through Spring 2013. 

If you are interested in participating in the seminar, please contact Brian Swartz ( and provide him with information on: (1) your academic or professional background and special interests relative to these topics; and (2) an idea of how many sessions you should be able to attend. Ideally, to maintain continuity across the sessions, we would appreciate regular attendance of participants. For further details, and for a recap of the previous sessions, please see our website.

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