Speaker Series


The BEC Speaker Series hosts presentations by renowned scholars from across the social, behavioral, and biological sciences whose work sheds light on human evolution, including issues of cultural transmission, behavioral ecology, affect, cognition, and health.

Reflecting the consilience across disciplines that is the hallmark of the Center, topics are highly variable, challenging listeners to bridge diverse fields. Presentations are aimed at a professional audience of faculty and graduate students; however, interested undergraduate students and members of the public are welcome to attend also.

Streaming videos are available for many of our past talks, beginning in the Fall of 2008. Click here to view past presentations.


Mondays, 12:00-1:30pm


Lunch provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. We request a $6 donation.

These videos can also be watched or downloaded for free on iTunes. You can find us at UCLA iTunes U under the category “Social Sciences” or you can search for us by typing “ucla bec” into the iTunes search engine. Our iTunes U videos may be downloaded to both iPods and iPhones.

The UCLA Division of Social Sciences, The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, and The Human Behavior & Evolution Society are Primary Sponsors of the BEC Speaker Series. Additional Sponsors are listed on the Support page.