Wildhood Lecture and Book Signing
Authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers discuss their new work at the L.A. Zoo
With Wildhood, Harvard and UCLA physician and evolutionary biologist Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and animal behaviorist and science writer Kathryn Bowers have created an entirely new way of thinking about the crucial, vulnerable, and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood across the animal kingdom. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers will discuss their findings followed by a book-signing.
In their critically acclaimed bestseller, Zoobiquity, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers revealed the essential connection between human and animal health. The leadership of the Los Angeles Zoo recognized the importance of collaboration between experts in human and animal health and was pivotal in launching the first two Zoobiquity Conferences. These Conferences were held at the Los Angeles Zoo in partnership with UCLA School of Medicine and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
In their new book, Wildhood, Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers turn the same eye-opening, species-spanning lens to adolescent young adult life. Traveling around the world and drawing from their latest research, they find that the same four universal challenges are faced by every adolescent human and animal on earth: how to be safe, how to navigate hierarchy; how to court potential mates; and how to feed oneself. Safety. Status. Sex. Self-reliance. How human and animal adolescents and young adults confront the challenges of wildhood shapes their adult destinies.
Upending our understanding of everything from risk-taking and anxiety to the origins of privilege and the nature of sexual coercion and consent, Wildhood is a profound and necessary guide to the perilous, thrilling, and universal journey to adulthood on planet earth.
About the Authors
Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a Visiting Professor in Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology and co-director of UCLA’s Evolutionary Medicine Program. Her research is directed towards identifying natural animal models of resistance to cardiovascular and other disorders. In 2011, she co-founded the Zoobiquity Conferences, a US and international initiative bringing human and veterinary experts together to accelerate biomedical innovation. She is also a member of the Los Angeles Zoo’s Medical Advisory Board.
Kathryn Bowers is a science journalist who has taught at UCLA and Harvard. A Future Tense Fellow at New America in Washington, DC, she was previously an editor at Zocalo Public Square in Los Angeles, a staff editor at the Atlantic Monthly, and a writer/producer for CNN International in London.