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Science Speakeasy – Out of This World: From Caves to Space

Speaker(s): Alia Gurtov, Ariel Waldman

San Francisco, CA

May 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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In this Science Speakeasy prepare for some extreme science! First, we’ll explore the depths of our past with Alia Gurtov, one of six “underground astronaut” archaeologists who excavated the newly discovered Homo naledi fossils in Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Then we’ll explore the far reaches of our future with Ariel Waldman, founder of SpaceHack.org and author of “What’s it Like in Space?”, who will tell us what it’s like in space and share ways you can explore space too.

Science Speakeasy mixes science with cocktails, conversation, interactive science experiments, storytelling and more. These events are for adults ages 21+.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for drinks, food from Sneaky’s BBQ, and other fun.

The talks start at 7:00 pm.


May 23, 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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Alia Gurtov

Alia Gurtov is one of six "underground astronauts" who risked their lives unearthing over 1,500 fossils from the Rising Star cave in South Africa. This project has been hailed as one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past century.

Alia Gurtov is a paleoanthropologist and a Leakey Foundation grantee. She received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a BA in Anthropology from Wellesley College.

Ariel Waldman

Ariel Waldman is on a mission to make science and space exploration disruptively accessible.

Waldman sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction- inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. Her goal is to give people the tools to actively contribute to the furthering of science and space exploration in clever new ways.

She is the author of “What’s It Like in Space?: Stories of Astronauts Who’ve Been There”, as well as the founder of SpaceHack.org, a website that provides a directory of ways that people can participate in space exploration.

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