April 2, 2012

Upcoming Events: "The Reporter" and "The Warrior Ape"

The 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium Against Global Indifference series will conclude with a two-night series of events.

On Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00pm in the HCSC Auditorium, the documentary "The Reporter" will be shown and a panel discussion will follow the screening.  "The Reporter" is a feature documentary about Nicholas D. Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, who almost single-handedly put the crisis in Darfur on the international radar.  In the summer of 2007, Kristof traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to shine his light into the darkest pockets of conflict, in hopes of making the rest of the world take notice.  The film injects the viewer into Kristof's riveting journey.

On Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00pm in the Upper Convocation Center, science journalist Thomas Hayden will be giving a talk titled "The Warrior Ape: God, Biology, and the Hope for Global Peace."  Tom will be speaking Wednesday night about the biological basis of human violence and how this information can be used to help society become more peaceful.  In Tom's own writing:  "Humans have fought wars since our earliest days as a species, but the biological roots of war don’t condemn us to a future as violent as our past. By understanding the evolution of both warfare and religion, we can help craft a future where war is less frequent, and less brutal when it does occur."  Tom has a Masters degree in marine science (with a focus on marine plankton and biological oceanography), work experience at multiple magazines such as Newsweek, US News and World Report, National Geographic and Wired, and currently freelances and teaches science journalism at Stanford. 

More information about Thomas Hayden can be found at the following websites: