Copperfield’s Books welcomes evolutionary geneticist Dr. Deena Emera and award-winning author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt to Marin Country Mart for a conversation about Dr. Emera’s new book – A Brief History of the Female Body: An Evolutionary Look at How and Why the Female Form Came to Be
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration required due to limited seating.
This is an outdoor event behind Copperfield’s Books with beautiful Bay Area views.
From breasts and orgasms to periods, pregnancies, and menopause—A Brief History of the Female Body is a fascinating science book explaining the mysteries of the female body through an evolutionary lens.
Let's face it: The female body is an enigma. For teenagers first experiencing their periods, the monthly arrival of mood swings and cramps can be agonizing and inconvenient. With pregnancy—perhaps the most miraculous of bodily events—comes countless potential complications, including high blood pressure, diabetes, premature birth, and postpartum depression. And menopause is equally mystifying. Why do females lose their fertility over time and experience the notorious side effects—like hot flashes, weight gain, and hair loss—while males maintain their fertility forever?
Evolutionary geneticist and educator Dr. Deena Emera has spent much of her career studying the evolution of female reproduction. A Brief History of the Female Body draws on her vast expertise as a biologist, her experience as a mother of four children, and her love of teaching to look far into our evolutionary past, illuminating how and, more importantly, why the female form has transformed over millions of years and its effects on women's health.
Author: Deena Emera, PhD, is an evolutionary geneticist, author, and teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from NYU, and a PhD from Yale. She currently serves as a senior scientist at the Buck Institute’s Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality. In her upcoming book A Brief History of the Female Body, Deena draws on her expertise as a biologist and experience as a mother of four to explore the mysteries of the female body through an evolutionary lens.
Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is an award-winning author and expert on the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility, pregnancy and family. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsweek, New York, Vogue, Outside, Wired and Neo.Life. Kirkus Reviews said her first book, In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment and Motherhood "gracefully combines a revealing, engaging memoir with admirably nuanced social commentary.” She is also founder of StoryMade Studio, a boutique storytelling studio serving a wide range of clients, including the TED conference and the Mayo Clinic.