Brian Hare Lecture - "How did wolves evolve into man's best friend?"

  • Macalester College Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons St. Paul, MN 55105

Join us for a special evening with canine cognition expert Dr. Brian Hare!

This event, being held at Macalester College, is free and open to the public but registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register HERE to reserve your ticket. The lecture will be given in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, within Kagin Commons. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Your ticket at this event makes you eligible to win one of several memberships to Dognition.

The relationship between man and dog presents an evolutionary puzzle. Humans and wolves evolved on separate continents. When they eventually encountered one another hey directly competed for food. As super-predators humans wiped out almost every other Eurasian carnivore beside the grey wolf. How did wolves survive and why did some evolve into dogs? The revolution in our understanding of how dogs think and solve problems relative to wolves has provided a powerful new idea to explain dog domestication. Dr Hare will share the latest research on dog and wolf cognition - including his work with wolf puppies at the Wildlife Science Center that tests some of the hottest ideas about dog origins. He will also explain how knowing wolves is central to understanding the domesticated wolves in our homes. 

Dr. Brian Hare is the director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, associate professor in evolutionary anthropology at the Center for Canine Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina, and one of the top canine cognition experts in the world.

Hare's research team has been collaborating locally with the Wildlife Science Center to study wolf pups, gaining valuable insight into how dogs problem solve.  Brian will share how WSC's wolf pups are helping discover even more about their domesticated cousins that take over our sofas.

Co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter Than You Think, Hare’s research consistently receives national and international media coverage. Over the last decade Hare has been featured in the Daily Mail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired and Science magazine. He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio and television including CNN, Sixty Minutes, The TODAY Show, NBC News and National Geographic. Hare’s co-founded Dognition is amassing the world’s largest database on dog behavior and cognition utilizing citizen science. More on Dr. Brian Hare.