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Science Speakeasy – Evolution and Gender Revolution

Speaker(s): Stephanie Meredith, Susan Stryker

San Francisco, CA

June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Celebrate gender diversity and explore the science behind our everyday lives at Science Speakeasy: Evolution and Gender Revolution.

Join speakers Dr. Stephanie Meredith, who will be discussing the development of sex-typical behavior in our closest living relatives—the non-human primates, and Dr. Susan Stryker, a multiple award-winning filmmaker, editor, and author of the book Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Stryker won an Emmy Award for her documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.

Science Speakeasy, presented by The Leakey Foundation, inspires enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited and accessible way by pairing unique speakers with signature cocktails, delicious food, music, interactive activities, and more.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for drinks, food from Nyum Bai and other fun activities.

The talks start at 7:00 pm.

This event is for ages 21+ with ID.

This event was made possible with generous support from Earl Rick Stokes.


June 20, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Leakey Foundation


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161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Stephanie Meredith

As a non-gender conforming person, Dr. Stephanie Meredith has
always been interested in what drives gender-typical development in humans, and as an evolutionary anthropologist, she is interested in understanding the evolutionary depth of those processes.

Dr. Meredith studies the development of sex-typical behavior in our closest living relatives—the non-human primates. She has done long-term research on sex-typical behavioral development in ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar and is now developing research projects focusing on hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia.

“I've always been interested in how gender-typical people are so consistently produced,” said Dr. Meredith. “It wasn't until grad school at Arizona State University that I became interested in the evolution of human behavior.”

Dr. Stephanie Meredith is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California,
the University of La Verne, and Mt. San Antonio College.

Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker is the director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at Arizona State University and past director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. She is multiple award-winning author, editor, and filmmaker whose credits include the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, she is the author of several books including the Transgender Studies Reader,  and Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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