Date: Wed. October 09, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
About this event:
Robert Martin provides a fascinating discussion about his recent book titled How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction.
In How We Do It, evolutionary biologist Robert Martin sheds much-needed light on life’s most intimate mysteries. He traces our reproductive lifeline back to its earliest roots, revealing the hard science—and the primate origins—behind sex cells, mating behavior, gestation, and the way we care for our young. Having this evolutionary context allows us to make informed decisions regarding present-day practices in birth control, pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing, without having to worry if we are simply following unfounded trends or old wives’ tales. While we can’t—and shouldn’t—raise kids like our ancestors did, Martin helps clarify the difference between the things that matter and those that don’t when it comes to giving birth to and caring for our children.
Robert Martin is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago as well as a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He lives in Chicago. Dr. Martin is also the author of the blog titled How We Do It in Psychology Today online.
Presented in partnership with the Illinois Science Council, an organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science.
Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Books are available for purchase and the author will sign books immediately following the program.