Tuesday's Opening General Session will include a keynote presentation by Daniel Lieberman, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
Daniel Lieberman studies and teaches how and why the human body is the way it is, and how our evolutionary history affects health and disease. He is best known for his research on the evolution of the head and on the evolution of running and walking, which he studies by combining experimental biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology both in the lab and in the field. He has published well over 150 peer-reviewed papers, as well as three popular books, The Evolution of the Human Head (2011), The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease (2013), and Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding (2021).
Lieberman will be speaking about some of the arguments he makes from his myth-busting book, Exercised, which tells the story of how we never evolved to exercise — to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health — but instead to engage in moderate lifelong physical activity when it is necessary or rewarding.