Frans de Waal, renowned primatologist and psychologist will
present, "Our Inner Ape: What Primate Behavior Teaches Us About Human
Nature," Tuesday, October 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.
His lecture is sponsored by the UW School of Law's Condon-Falknor Distinguished
Lectureship Series. The lectureship is funded by a gift from the late
Dorothy Condon Falknor in honor of her uncle, John T. Condon (law school founder
and dean, 1899-1926) and her husband, Judson Falknor (law school dean, 1936-51).
Dr. de Waal is the C.H. Chandler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory
University psychology department and director of the Living Links Center at the
Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He is also the author of numerous
books including "Chimpanzee Politics" and "Our Inner Ape." His research centers
on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity
aversion, and food-sharing. In 2004, he was elected as a foreign associate of
the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States. According to
NAS, "de Waal has become one of the most influential researchers of
the social life of monkeys and apes."
"Law students study justice. de Waal is an expert on the origins
of justice - in all its particulars, from property to sex to power to politics," said
Rodgers, UW Stimson Bullitt Professor of Environmental Law. "Dr. de
Waal is a brilliant scientist, an inspiring writer, and a phenomenal lecturer.
If you miss this lecture, you'll want to kick yourself," he added.