[PAST EVENT] Symposium with Dr. Sue Savage Rumbaugh

December 6, 2012
4pm - 5:30pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The WISE Initiative is pleased to announce a symposium with
Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2011

Thursday, December 6, 2012
4:00pm, Commonwealth Auditorium

The event will begin with a lecture from Dr. Sue
and will follow with a panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh's workday is a lot like yours. Even when she's busy, she gets a chance to swap stories and engage in give and take with her co-workers. The difference: her co-workers are bonobos.

For more than 35 years, first at Georgia State University and now at Iowa's Great Ape Trust, Sue, 64, has studied the mind of our primate kin, finding it to be rich and highly linguistic. The bonobos in her lab understand hundreds of pictograms, which they use to convey wishes, plans and opinions.

There is much to admire in Sue's work: the dedication it takes to work a lifetime with just a few apes; the way she has introduced the world to the little-known bonobo - a species I call the make love, not war ape. Mostly there is the courage it takes to stand up to the resistance she still encounters to the idea that humans may be less special than we think. Her work has punched holes in the wall separating us from them. But rather than diminishing us, it puts our remarkable gifts in a broader context.
By Frans de Waal Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011
De Waal is a professor of primate behavior at Emory University

See Sue's TED lecture at {{http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_savage_rumbaugh_on_apes_that_write.html}}

Alison Peabody 757-221-7516 [[apeabody]]