For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Renowned Primatologist to Speak on "Our Inner Ape"

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 William 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.

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