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September 2018

Free with admission to the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Family Class: Skin We Are In

September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

Join anthropologist Nina Jablonski for an exploration of the science behind skin color. Jablonski will discuss the history of skin and its meaning. She will also read from her new book Skin We Are In.

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October 2018


2018 Fellows Tour – “Origins: China’s Early Human History and Prehistoric Culture”

October 8, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Join The Leakey Foundation on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to China. 21st century China presents a unique combination of the very ancient and the very modern. Our 2018 Leakey Foundation Fellows Trip led by Dr. Steve Kuhn will combine the very best of both. This exciting and educational trip will combine behind-the-scenes exploration of China's early human history with luxury experiences in the exciting modern cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

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November 2018


What Makes Us Human? Lessons from the Study of Wild Chimpanzees

November 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614

In this talk, Dr. John Mitani will review findings that reveal some interesting parallels between humans and chimpanzees with respect to friendships, longevity, and cooperation.

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Film Screening: Rise of the Warrior Apes

November 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 South Wabash Ave
Chicago, Illinois

This event is a screening of the award-winning documentary Rise of the Warrior Apes featuring a question and answer session with collaborating scientist Dr. John Mitani.

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December 2018


The New Chimpanzee: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In this lecture and his new book The New Chimpanzee, Craig Stanford reviews the past two decades of chimpanzee field research. From culture to warfare, from our diet to our politics, the study of wild chimpanzees continues to change the way we understand both human nature and the apes themselves.

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March 2019


The Raw Truth About Cooking

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History, 56 West 81st St.
New York, NY 10024 United States

Rachel Carmody explains how processing increases the calories we extract from food, ways this practice has given humans an evolutionary edge, and why it may present challenges for our present and future.

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$10 – $50

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

March 20 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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