Loading Events

« All Events

Science Speakeasy: Fake or Fact?

Speaker(s): Todd Disotell, Elah Feder

San Francisco, CA

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Buy Tickets Now!

How can you tell what’s fake and what’s fact when it comes to science? Join New York University biological anthropologist Dr. Todd Disotell and Science Friday’s Undiscovered podcast co-host and producer Elah Feder for an evening separating the fantastical from the factual.

Disotell will discuss how he uses DNA evidence to test hypotheses on everything from the intricacies of our evolution to the existence of “Bigfoot.” Feder will share a story about a science headline gone wrong and her quest to find the truth.

Science Speakeasy mixes science with storytelling and blends learning with conversation, drinks, food, hands-on experiments, and more.

Ages 21+, ID required for entry

Presented by The Leakey Foundation and the Bay Area Science Festival

With generous support from:
Camilla and George Smith
Ann and Gordon Getty


November 1, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Categories:
Event Tags:
, , , , , ,


The Leakey Foundation
The Bay Area Science Festival


Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
+ Google Map
Todd Disotell

Todd Disotell is professor of anthropology at New York University. Disotell’s current research focuses on the evolution of Old World monkeys and apes. He is also involved in studies on New World monkeys, lemurids and lorisids, human population history, primate conservation and behavioral genetics, forensic applications, cryptozoology, and molecular evolutionary studies of diseases such as AIDS and malaria. Disotell received his MA and PhD in anthropology from Harvard University. He also has received two Leakey Foundation grants for his work sequencing primate genomes.

Elah Feder

Elah Feder is co-host and producer of Science Friday’s Undiscovered podcast. Previously she was co-host and producer of the podcast I Like You. She has produced segments for CBC Radio shows like Spark, The Current, and The Sunday Edition, and contributed to publications like The Guardian, The LA Times, and Xtra, Canada’s LGBT newspaper. She first got hooked on radio and podcasts as an evolutionary biology graduate student at the University of Toronto. She listened to podcasts while sorting fruit flies under a microscope in the lab. Feder received her MA from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also became a fellow as part of Columbia’s Energy and Environment Reporting Project, where she investigated the oil and gas industry.

Related Content

Shows data collection in the field. 10.14.20

Irene Gallego Romero discusses Denisovan DNA in a virtual lecture

Speaker Series
Join Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Gallego Romero for a virtual lecture on her ongoing research in partnership with local researchers in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. She will characterize the legacy of DNA from archaic Denisovans that is present-day Papuan DNA. She will also explore the positioning of Indonesia in the global human genetics landscape.

Lunch Break #2 • Lauren Schroeder Grantee Spotlight

Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation! Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Lauren Schroeder and learn what it takes to study the skulls of early humans. This short interview is part of The Leakey Foundation’s weekly video series Lunch Break Science.

Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.