The first day of the rest of your life

Dan Fessler’s “commencement address” to graduating anthropology students reflects on the lessons of cultural and evolutionary anthropology for how life is to be lived.

In this short video, Dan Fessler of UCLA’s Behavior, Evolution, and Culture group delivers a pitch-perfect commencement address, reflecting on cultural and evolutionary anthropology as guides to living.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: