Eric Haag, Associate Professor,  Department of Biology

Throughout history, humanity has grappled with the interplay between biological gender, social roles, and equality. Why should genders exist in the first place?

In this seminar, students will first learn about the deep evolutionary history of sexual reproduction and the emergence of male and female as a consequence of multicellular life.  With this foundation, we will then explore how male and female reproductive roles can be allocated within a multicellular organism, and some of the myriad ways in which sex influences other aspects of biology. Finally, we will consider aspects of human sexuality that evolved recently, and critically examine various hypotheses for why atypical gender expression (e.g. homosexuality, transgenderism) exists at relatively high frequency across all human cultures.