The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall

Date: 

May 02, 2019, 6:00 pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Human Swarm book cover
The Human Swarm book cover
Mark W. Moffett, Author and Photographer

Based on his new book, The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thriveand Fall (Basic Books, April 2019), Moffett will discuss the social adaptations that bind societies and distinguish humans from other animal species. Drawing on findings in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, he explores how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity–and will address what is required to sustain them.

Mark W. Moffett earned his doctorate under Edward O. Wilson at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.  Most widely known for his articles and photographs in National Geographic Magazine, he has conducted research and written books on ant social behavior and the ecology of forest canopies, based on work in over 100 countries. He has received awards for writing, science, photography, and exploration and has been a regular guest on The Colbert ReportConan, NPR’s Fresh Air, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Lecture and Book Signing. Free and open to the public.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. 
Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage
Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.