“How and Why Darwin Got Emotional About Race”

  • November 7, 2016 • 4 PM – 5 PM
  • Rebstock Hall #215

Why You Should Listen:

In “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” Darwin showed that humans of every race, throughout the globe, express their emotions identically. For instance, we all cry when we’re sad and smile when we’re happy. Darwin claimed that this identity amounted to a “new argument” for all the races descending from a single, common ancestral stock.

In his talk, Darwinian scholar Radick will track the origins of Darwin’s research that led to this conclusion and offer a better understanding of how and why Darwin first began to collect evidence on emotional expression across the human races. It can also help us see exactly how Darwin’s scientific work reflected his lifelong hatred of slavery.