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304 | Evolution and Beauty
304 | Evolution and Beauty
Sunday, October 29 | 4 - 5 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 E Randolph St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

In thirty years of fieldwork, ornithologist Richard Prum has seen quite a bit of ostentatious sexual display. To explain it all, he dusts off Darwin’s long-neglected theory of sexual selection, which posits that the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. His The Evolution of Beauty is a fascinating mixture of biology, philosophy, sociology, and the rich story of human sexuality.

Preorder your copy of The Evolution of Beauty through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is generously underwritten by Owen Deutsch and Rona Talcott.


Richard Prum is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in avian behavior, phylogeny, feather coloration, feather development, and breeding biology. Prum is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and the Curator of Ornithology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He has received the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He has studied birds on continents, and has worked on fossil dinosaurs in China.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Evolution of Beauty
  • 5-09-2017