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Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

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ClassGraphic In this page-turning, whistle-stop tour of mammalian development that begins in the Jurassic Era, Eve recasts the traditional story of evolutionary biology by placing women at its center. Cat Bohannon’s book is brimming with science, but it’s written with a lay audience in mind. Critics and readers call it “engaging, playful, erudite, irreverent, rich with detail and surprising facts—a landmark book.” This Eve is not from the Book of Genesis, she is the “Mitochondrial Eve” of science. It’s her maternal DNA that traces the evolution of the female body though genes passed only from mother to daughter. In this study group, we will explore Bohannon's story of how female and male bodies became so different and why this still matters to our entire human species. Ten years in the research and writing, Eve encompasses evolutionary biology, physiology, paleo-anthropology, genetics, and love. We will also discuss Bohannon's urgent call to refocus our world that has under-prioritized and under-supported women in scientific research, medicine, and healthcare. The just released book is Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution (Alfred A. Knopf, NY 2023). Supplemental articles, videos, and speakers will enrich our discussions. All XX and XY chromosomes are welcome!

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Pamela Radke2.Dorothy Balabanos3.Carol Dietz 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2024 - 6/5/2024 Weekly - Wed 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Carol Dietz  ; Dorothy Balabanos  ; Pamela Radke 
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