Allman Family Lecture

The Allman Family Lecture is a yearly lecture that connects SMU students, faculty and the greater Dallas community with highly acclaimed professionals and academic leaders prominent in interdisciplinary disciplines.

Allman Lecture Fall 2016

Thursday, October 20th
5:00 p.m. Reception, 5:30 p.m. Lecture
McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall
This Lecture is Free and Open to the Public
Parking for off-campus guests will be available in the Q lot. A parking map can be found here. 

What can burrowing mice and African bonobos tells us about Donald & Ted & Hillary & Bernie?
Aristotle famously observed that “man is by nature a political animal” and that “a social instinct is implanted in all men by nature”.
Few students of government or politics have taken this assertion seriously; however, a recent twin study concluded that roughly half of the variance in political ideology is attributable to genetic influences.

Apparently Aristotle was correct. Follow-up studies have identified two particularly salient neurological variations that show a clear connection to political beliefs and behaviors – disgust and threat response.

Both are ancient brain systems, but both have very modern implications.
Join Professor John Alford as he delves into the deep ideological divisions that are shaping the 2016 elections. 

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