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Common Reading Series: The Evolution of Between-Community Relationships in Humans

October 10th at 7 p.m.

If you read the news, you might be left thinking that humans are a xenophobic and parochial species. If we actually look at the data, however, we see a very different picture: our species can be both very tolerant and very aggressive toward members of other communities. Why is that? How did humans come to be that way? Rewinding from 2019 to two million years ago, Dr. Anne Pisor walks through the forces of natural selection that favored so much flexibility in human inter-group behavior. She then illustrates how we can see the flexibility in our inter-group behavior in 2019, focusing on how globalization, technology, and migration are changing between-community relationships in South America. Join us in this livestream to discover more about her research and possible better understanding of our common reading topic, refugees.

Anne Pisor’s primary focus of her research program is human sociality, especially the evolution of human sociality and the flexibility of our social relationships in the 21st century contexts. This work extends into domains as diverse as the management of ecological risk, the emotions and attitudes associated with cooperative behavior, and non-human great ape patterns of mobility.

Current WSU Global Campus students will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win their own copy or the common reading book, Refuge. 

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