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HOW NATURAL SELECTION SHAPES CONTEMPORARY “HOMO SAPIENS”

Thursday, April 17, 6:00 pm
Have modern sanitation and medicine stopped human evolution, as some claim? Does the pressure for sexual selection of males constrain the evolution of females, and vice versa? Does having children shorten or extend life? Analyzing the data from the renowned Framingham Heart Study, evolutionary biologist Stephen Stearns, in this Evolution Matters lecture, will explore how natural selection has shaped women’s bodies and physical health, and how reproduction has affected women’s average lifespan.

 
WORLDLY WORLDING: Curating the Imaginal Fields of Science and Art

Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 pm
Curator, author, and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev served as artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) from 2008 to 2012. In this lecture, she questions how we define artistic practice and research, using examples of artwork and displays created for dOCUMENTA (13), held in Kassel, Germany, in 2012. She further investigates how exhibits based on the accepted separation between fields of inquiry—between the physical and social sciences and art—may be reimagined.

 
FINAL FLIGHT: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Final Flight marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species that once filled North America’s skies by the billions. In this small exhibit, see one of the world’s last mounted specimens of this now vanquished bird and learn how its extinction inspired the protection of other species.