Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Everything We Touch, Touches Us Back: Culture, Biology, and Health

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies invites you for a lecture by director Brian D. Farrell, Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America; Professor of Biology; Curator of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology; and Faculty Dean, Leverett House of Harvard College.

Introduction by Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Associate Faculty of the Harvard University Center for the Environment; Co-chair, Brazil Studies Program Faculty Committee

We are shaped by an immensely long evolutionary history living in nature as a social species, a million years of days spent with family and clan in a struggle against the weather, predators, hunger and enemies. Even our values of good and evil, including the Golden Rule, may have been shaped by how we treat others and our environment.

Medical science now shows that our attitudes and interactions touch us in ways that were once thought unmeasurable. We will discuss the medical, behavioral and archeological evidence of the impact of our relationships with nature and with each other on our immune systems and health.

Because present health, environmental, and political challenges could turn the planet towards irreversible change, this is the moment to embrace the inescapable interconnections of our history and our actions on our future. The good news is that we now know the biological basis for the ancient wisdom that the sources of greatest human strength come from touching the earth and each other.

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Presented in collaboration with Leverett House and Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

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Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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