Request Your Tickets for the 2018 Saward Lecture

The 28th Saward Lecture, Featuring Robert Sapolsky

Science and Nature Writer, Biologist and Neuroscientist, and Stress Expert

“Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease, and Coping”
Monday, October 8, 2018
7:30─9:00 p.m.
Newmark Theatre (Map)
Portland, Oregon


About This Year's Lecture

Few of us are destined to die from smallpox, malnutrition, or the plague. Instead, we succumb to diseases of Western lifestyle, diseases where we live long enough and well enough to slowly accumulate damage. Crucially, stress can dramatically worsen that process. In this lecture, Robert Sapolsky will review how your body's response to stress is wonderfully adaptive if you are being stressed like a normal animal—and disastrous if you are being stressed like a psychosocially complex human. In addition, Dr. Sapolsky will discuss the broad outlines of stress management. This lecture is based on Dr. Sapolsky's book by the same title.

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We are pleased to offer complimentary tickets to the Saward Lecture. This year, you can request your tickets directly from Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. You can print your tickets at home or have them sent to your mobile device. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person.

Because of high demand for lecture tickets, please order only as many tickets as you are sure you’ll be able to use.

If you have any questions about the Saward Lecture or how to order tickets, please call 503-335-2466 or email

About Robert Sapolsky

As a boy in New York City, Robert M. Sapolsky dreamed of living inside the African dioramas in the Museum of Natural History. By the age of twenty-one, he made it to Africa and joined a troop of baboons. Although the life of a naturalist appealed to him because it was a chance to “get the hell out of Brooklyn,” he never really left people behind. In fact, he chose to live with the baboons because they are perfect for learning about stress and stress-related diseases in humans.

Dr. Sapolsky is the author of A Primate’s Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. His most recent book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He lectures widely on stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression, and Alzheimer’s disease.