Penn Science Café: ‘The Evolution of Cooperation’


Mar 12, 2019
06:00 PM until 07:00 PM


Why do humans cooperate? In the realm of evolutionary biology and survival of the fittest, it’s a risky business, yet humans do it on a scope and scale unmatched by any group in the animal world. For more than a decade, psychologist Coren Apicella has been studying this trait in the Hadza of Tanzania, one of the last remaining nomadic hunter-gatherer populations in the world. She’ll discuss what she’s so far learned from working with the Hadza, including recent findings that revealed that cooperation isn’t necessarily innate.


The talk is part of the Penn Science Café, a free public lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that sheds light on faculty research in the arts and sciences. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase before, during, and after the talk. RSVPs are encouraged due to limited seating. For more information or directions, call or email Julian Shendelman at 215-898-8721 or




View map Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

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