Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Three lion cubs looking at the camera.

Free Lecture, Book Signing, and Special Gallery Activities

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Co-Director, Evolutionary Medicine Program, University of California, Los Angeles; Visiting Professor, Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Kathryn Bowers, Science Journalist and Animal Behaviorist

Adolescence is dangerous, difficult, and destiny-shaping for humans and other animals. In Wildhood (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not? The authors apply the results of their five-year study of wild animal adolescence to our species, presenting a new understanding of the dangers, stresses, and challenges we face on our journeys to adulthood. After the program, guided by Harvard undergraduates, attendees can examine and learn about adolescent animals in the museum collections.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.

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About the Speakers:

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is Professor of Medicine in the University of California, Los Angeles Division of Cardiology and is in her third year as Visiting Professor in the Harvard University Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. A leader in the field of evolutionary medicine, she is co-author of the New York Times bestselling book Zoobiquity which advocates a species-spanning approach to health. Zoobiquity was a Smithsonian Top Book of 2012, a Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012, a China Times Best Translation of 2013, and a Finalist in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)'s Excellence in Science Books Award. This fall she will keynote the Nobel Assembly's 2019 Nobel Conference in Stockholm.

Kathryn Bowers is a science journalist and animal behaviorist who has taught at University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University. A Future Tense Fellow at New America in Washington, DC, she was previously an editor at Zocalo Public Square in Los Angeles, a staff editor at The Atlantic, and a writer/producer for CNN International in London.