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“Are We Wired for War? Comprehending and Mitigating Human Violence” by Dr. Richard Wrangham, Harvard University

Wrangham is the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University. His major interests are chimpanzee and human behavioral ecology, the evolutionary dynamics of violence, and ape conservation. He co-authored Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (1996) and more recently published Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human (2009). He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Cambridge University in 1975, was a research fellow at King’s College (Cambridge) from 1977 to 1980, and taught in the department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) from 1981-89. Since 1987, he has studied wild chimpanzee behavior in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Wrangham has been president (2004-2008) of the International Primatological Society and is a patron of the Great Ape Survival Project (GRASP). He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy.


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