CANCELED: Psychologist's 'Science of Beauty' Themester talk at IU

  • Nov. 22, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Themester talk "The Science of Beauty" has been canceled. Speaker Nancy Etcoff is unable to attend the event, which had been rescheduled for Nov. 30.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Evolutionary psychologist Nancy Etcoff will present a public talk on "The Science of Beauty" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Indiana University Bloomington as a part of the College of Arts and Sciences' 2016 Themester program.

Etcoff is the author of "Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty." She is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and directs the Program in Aesthetics and Well-Being at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

With a scientist's perspective on this year's Themester theme of beauty, Etcoff will explore what humans find beautiful and why -- questions often restricted to the domain of artists and humanists. She challenges the idea that beauty is a cultural construction or a learned behavior, and asserts that beauty is biological and therefore an essential and ineradicable part of human nature.

The lecture, which had originally been scheduled for Oct. 18, will now take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

Etcoff's research interests include the neuroscience of emotion, perception of beauty, face perception and subjective well-being. Her award-winning research has been published in scientific journals, including Nature, Cognition and Neuron.

Details and a complete list of upcoming Themester 2016 events are available online. Themester events are free and open to the public, but some require registration or tickets.

Themester is an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences. Each fall, Themester invites the Bloomington campus and community to explore an idea from multiple perspectives through a variety of courses and events. Exhibits, plays, invited speakers, films and service-learning activities provide opportunities for investigation and dialogue on the theme.

For more information about the lecture, contact Themester coordinator Tracy Bee at or 812-855-1647.

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