Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00pm


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

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 and open to the public. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museum of Natural History.

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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