Hall Center For The Humanities


David Barash
David Barash
Spring 2011 University Honors Lecturer & 2010-11 Peace & Conflict Studies Lecturer

"Payback: Why We Retaliate, Seek Revenge, & Redirect Aggression...& What We Can Do About It"
Special Events

Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Hall Center, the University Honors Program, and the Humanities & Western Civilization Program
Location: The Commons, Spooner Hall

David P. Barash, a distinguished zoologist, evolutionary psychologist, and peace studies researcher, will be a Spring 2011 University Honors Lecturer and the 2010–11 Peace & Conflict Studies Lecturer. Since 1973 Dr. Barash has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An early contributor to sociobiology, since the early 1980s Dr. Barash has also been a noted peace studies researcher and promoter and a peace activist. He sees his work in animal behavior, evolutionary psychology, and peace studies as unified around questions of how biology affects behavior, including male-female differences, reproductive strategies, and the problem of violence.

Professor Barash is the author or co-author of more than twenty books in his three areas of research. Among his more recent publications are The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People (with Judith Eve Lipton, 2001); Approaches to Peace (Oxford, 2000); Understanding Violence (2001); Natural Selections: Honest Liars, Selfish Altruists, and Other Realities of Evolution (2007); and How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories (with Judith Eve Lipton, 2009). His University Honors/Peace & Conflict Studies Lecture will address the theme of his newest book, which will be published by Oxford University Press in April 2011. He is a regular and frequent contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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