Speaker Series

The Leakey Foundation provides you with the opportunity to hear about the latest discoveries from top scientists in the field of human origins. For over four decades this has been the cornerstone of our education and outreach efforts. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York or Houston, check our calendar for the next lecture near you!  
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October 2019


The Earliest Child: The Significance of “Selam”

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Library, 400 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Join us for a talk with Professor Zeray Alemseged as he presents on how the discovery of an almost complete skeleton of a juvenile early human ancestor has helped scientists answer some of the pressing questions about human evolution.

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Cleveland, Lucy, and Human Evolution

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States

Dr. Donald Johanson, discoverer of the famous fossil hominin known as "Lucy" will share his story of the excitement and controversy of the “golden age” of paleoanthropology. He will reflect on Lucy’s role as ambassador to the past and her profound impact on the field of human origins.

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November 2019


Grandmothers and Human Evolution

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

Grandmothers contribute to our big brains, obsession with reputations, and the cultural construction of our daily lives. Evolutionary anthropologist Dr. Kristen Hawkes will share her research that shows that grandmothers are not only vital to child rearing and cooperation, but also to forming interdependent economies.

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$12 – $15

Living on the Edge: Neanderthals and Denisovans in Central Asia

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In this lecture, Dr. Viola will share how ancient DNA and archaeological and morphological data are advancing our understanding of how these groups interacted—biologically, geographically, and culturally.

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