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March 2019

$10 – $50

Mama’s Last Hug: What Animal Emotions Reveal About Humans

March 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States

Primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions.

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May 2019


Innovation and Environmental Disruption During the Origin of Homo sapiens

May 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coe Auditorium, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 United States

In this talk, Dr. Rick Potts will discuss how recent discoveries at the Kenyan site of Olorgesailie represent milestones in technological, ecological, and social evolution that coincided with the oldest ages for fossils attributed to Homo sapiens in Africa.

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$10 – $18

Homo naledi and the Chamber of Secrets

May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

In this lecture, paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva will discuss what we know about the new early human species Homo naledi and how its discovery is not only changing science, but how we define “human.”

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September 2019

$50 – $200

Our Tribal Nature: Tribalism, Politics, and Evolution

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

On September 19, 2019, at the Morgan Library in New York, eight luminaries from different fields will explore humankind's tribal nature in order to shed light on the evolution of tribalism and its manipulation by modern states

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October 2019


The Earliest Child: The Significance of “Selam”

October 16, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 Neanderthals and Denisovans interacted—biologically, geographically, and culturally.

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January 2020

2020 Fellows Tour: Origins – Ethiopia

January 2 - January 19

Join The Leakey Foundation to learn about our human origins on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Ethiopia. Stand on the site where Lucy was discovered. Experience a land of awe-inspiring physical beauty, extraordinary scientific research, ancient culture, unique traditions, and incredible food and coffee.

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April 2020


The Evolution of the Human Mind – CANCELED

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History, 56 West 81st St.
New York, NY 10024 United States

NOTICE: After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel this event. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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