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  • Past Events

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cultivating Character: The Art of Living

    Featuring: Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher joins Humean philosopher Valerie Tiberius and distinguished psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett to explore the role of wisdom in the interplay between positive emotions, virtues, and character.
     
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    Monday, January 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Strange Case of Homo Naledi, Our Newest Extinct Relative

    Speakers: William Harcourt-Smith (American Museum of Natural History) and Scott Williams (New York University)
    Discussant: Leslie C. Aiello (Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice & Human Nature

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    Featuring Heather Berlin (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital), Christian Miller (Wake Forest University), Michael Shermer (Chapman University), and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Is a basic model of human nature necessary to navigate the good life? Philosophers Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Christian Miller, neuroscientist Heather Berlin, and science writer Michael Shermer examine our moral ecology and its influence on assumptions about human nature.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

    Featuring: Kim Azzarelli (Cornell Law School), Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College), and Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    How does the relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? Attorney Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and psychologist Barry Schwartz discuss their research on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.
     
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  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Feeding the Planet: An Evening with Alan Weisman

    Speaker: Alan Weisman (Author)

    Award-winning author Alan Weisman discussed his latest book, Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? In the book he considers whether and how humans can sustainably thrive on Earth without crashing the global ecosystem.

    eBriefing

    Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner

    Moderator: Dan Pashman (Journalist)
    Panelists: Steve Ettlinger (Author) and Dwight Eschliman (Photographer)

    Steve Ettlinger and Dwight Eschliman described their investigation of the ingredients in processed foods and discussed their upcoming book, Foodstuff, at the finale of the Academy's Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series.

    Annals

    The Evolution of Human Handedness

    Edited by William C. McGrew (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom), Wulf Schiefenhövel (Max Planck Society, Andechs, Germany), and Linda F. Marchant (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)

    This Annals issue presents multidisciplinary research that tackles the question of how and why humans evolved handedness.

    Volume 1288

    eBriefing

    New Thoughts about Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

    Keynote Speaker: David B. Allison (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    Perhaps the most disturbing facet of the rise in obesity worldwide is the rise in childhood obesity. This eBriefing features researchers, physicians, teachers, and other professionals at the front lines of the childhood obesity epidemic who met in Bimghamton, NY to discuss this alarming public health problem.