All are welcome to attend this exciting colloquium series co-hosted by professors Joan Silk and Robert Boyd and sponsored by the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Institute of Human Origins and the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems.

Unless otherwise noted, colloquia are held Wednesdays at noon in the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity (ISTB-1, Room 401).

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 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 Tempe campus.

Fall 2017
August 30

 Understanding the evolution of social knowledge through conflict

    Elizabeth Hobson
    Santa Fe Institute 

September 20


 Sex Differences in Social Learning

   Charlotte Brand
   University of Exeter, UK

September 27




The Content Matters: The Case for a Behavioral Approach to Cultural Transmission Theory

  Gilbert Tostevin, University of Minnesota


October 11



Female social relationships in a patrilocal society: Insights from the Gombe chimpanzees

   Anne Pussey
   Duke University

October 25



   The Evolution on Ontogeny of Cultural Learning 

 Christine Legare
 University of Texas, Austin 

November 1



What is Behavioral Flexibility and is it a Mechanism for Surviving in New Enivornments? 

   Corina Logan
   University of Cambridge

November 8




   Vanessa Ferdinand 
   Santa Fe Institute