The Earliest Child: The Significance of “Selam”

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Library 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL

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.

Free

The Origins of the Genus Homo

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Library 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL

In this talk Dr. Bernard Wood will survey the history of attempts to find the earliest members of the genus Homo, including very recent and controversial additions. He will review the complications that arise from defining the genus and discuss how half-a-century of paleontological research has taught him what to look for within the hominin fossil record when searching for the origins of our genus Homo.

Free

The Secret Lives of Female Chimpanzees

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Library 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL

Dr. Emery Thompson has uncovered fascinating details about the secret lives of female chimpanzees. She will discuss how females negotiate rivalries to obtain the resources they need to reproduce, the chaotic, and sometimes violent, nature of sexual relationships with males, and the unexpected ways these relationships change with age.

$12