The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall


Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

The Human Swarm lecture with Mark W. Moffett

Free Public Lecture and Book Signing

Mark W. Moffett, Author and Photographer

Based on his new book, The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall (Basic Books, April 2019), Moffett will discuss the social adaptations that bind societies and distinguish humans from other animal species. Drawing on findings in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, he explores how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity–and will address what is required to sustain them.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

About the Speaker:

Mark W. Moffett earned his doctorate under Edward O. Wilson at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. Widely known for his articles and photographs in National Geographic Magazine, he has conducted research and written books on ant social behavior and the ecology of forest canopies, based on work in over 100 countries. He has received awards for writing, science, photography, and exploration and has been a regular guest on The Colbert Report, Conan, NPR’s Fresh Air, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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