Charles Snowdon to discuss monogamous relationships and importance to humans

By UW-Barron County

Charles Snowdon, retired professor of psychology and zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss “Monogamy: Why It’s Useful and How to Maintain It” at UW-Barron County on November 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234). His presentation is part of the college’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series.

Snowdon’s research interests were focused on communication, cooperation, behavioral endocrinology and social behavior in cooperatively breeding primates, including humans.

“Most humans live in monogamous relationships, and yet monogamy has never been seen in our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, and is rare among other mammals,” Snowdon said when previewing his presentation. “However, monogamy is present in every species where fathers assist in childcare.”

Monogamous species reproduce faster and often have higher infant survival rates than non-monogamous species, said Snowdon, who will discuss the importance of monogamous relationships in strengthening paternal involvement with their children. He also will use information from other species to show why monogamy is important for humans and discuss the behaviors humans and other species can use to develop and maintain strong, trusting relationships with their mates.

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker