Events

Events

Below is a listing of Human Origins Initiative events. Find details about event location, time, and cost (if any) by clicking on that particular event.

We will be updating this event listing about every three months: in March, June, September, and December.

We currently have three regularly scheduled events every month: two Scientist is In programs and one HOT Topic program. Please check the schedule of individual events to see how holidays may impact these events. In addition to these regularly scheduled events, we have occasional lectures, panel discussions, and other public events.

THE SCIENTIST IS IN: Thursdays, bi-weekly (usually the 1st and 3rd week of the month from 12-2pm). This program focuses on informal interaction between scientists and museum visitors, facilitated by human evolution-related objects.

HOT (Human Origins Today) TOPICS: Fridays, monthly, 12-1pm (usually the last or second-to-last Friday of the month; alternating between science and science/society discussions). This program is an informal discussion among experts and museum visitors.

 

PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY AS THE DETAILS, DATES, AND TIMES OF OUR PROGRAMS OCCASIONALLY CHANGE DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF PARTICIPANTS AND OTHER UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.


Current

April 25, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion by Dr. Stephen Parker of the National Institutes of Health on what insights computational comparative genomics can give us into human disease.

May 1, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Andrew Zipkin from George Washington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

May 15, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

May 30, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about the relationship between scientific and societal perspectives on human evolution.

June 6, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Bill Schindler from Washington College will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

June 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

June 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about a hot topic in human evolution research.

July 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

July 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

July 25, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about the relationship between scientific and societal perspectives on human evolution.

August 7, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

August 21, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

August 29, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about a hot topic in human evolution research.

September 4, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

September 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about the relationship between scientific and societal perspectives on human evolution.

October 2, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about a hot topic in human evolution research.

November 6, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

November 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

November 21, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about the relationship between scientific and societal perspectives on human evolution.

December 4, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

December 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A human origins scientist will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about a hot topic in human evolution research.

Past

May 5, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

May 19, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. David Green from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

May 20, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

June 2, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

June 16, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Muhammad Spocter from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

June 24, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Muhammad Spocter from the George Washington University will lead an informal discussion on what the chimpanzee brain tells us about the evolution of human language.

July 7, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Robin Teague from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 21, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Robin Teague from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 29, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

August 4, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Robin Teague from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

August 18, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Erin Marie Williams from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

August 19, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Kevin Hatala from the George Washington University will lead an informal discussion about new discoveries of fossil human footprints.

September 1, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 15, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Kes Schroer from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 23, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

October 6, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Kevin Hatala from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

October 20, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

November 3, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Chet Sherwood from George Washington University will be on hand to answer questions and talk about his research in human origins.

November 17, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Robin Bernstein from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

November 18, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

December 1, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Brian Villmoare from George Washington University will be on hand to answer questions and talk about his research in human origins.

December 10, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Dr. Rick Potts will deliver a public lecture on the challenges of becoming human: evolution in an era of dramatic climate change.

December 15, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Janet Monge from the University of Pennsylvania will be on hand to answer questions and talk about her research in human origins.

December 16, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Janet Monge of the University of Pennsylvania will lead an informal discussion on skeletal indicators of human variation and race.

January 5, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Rick Potts, curator of the Hall of Human Origins, will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

January 19, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Emily Goble of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

January 27, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

February 2, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Robin Teague of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

February 16, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Rolf Quam of Binghamton University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 24, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Smithsonian's own Dr. Matt Tocheri talks about that enigmatic early human speciesHomo floresiensis, nicknamed 'Hobbits'.

March 8, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

March 22, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Jason Lewis from Rutgers University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

March 30, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

April 5, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

April 26, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Andrew Hill from Yale University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

April 27, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Erin Marie Williams from the George Washington University will lead a discussion on the effects of technology on the evolution of the modern human hand and wrist.

May 3, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Brian Villmoare from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

May 12, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join our Broader Social Impacts Committee as they discuss questions and conversations from the Museum's Hall of Human Origins about human evolution and religion.

May 17, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Sarah Barks from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research in human origins.

May 23, 2012 - 6:45pm - 8:15pm

Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall discusses why our speciesHomo sapiens, survived and thrived. 

May 25, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

June 7, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Kevin Hatala from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

June 21, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Emily Goble from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 5, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Caitlin Schrein from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 6, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Caitlin Schrein from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will lead a discussion on the evolution and extinction of apes in the Old World.

July 19, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Robin Teague from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 27, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution.

August 2, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Caitlin Schrein from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

August 16, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Dr. Sarah Barks from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

August 31, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Kevin Hatala from the George Washington University will lead an informal discussion about new discoveries of fossil human footprints.

September 6, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Erin-Marie Williams from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 20, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 21, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the science-religion interface.

October 4, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Bernard Wood from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Andrew Zipkin from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

October 26, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the latest research from Kenya - the Smithsonian's Human Origins field season 2012.

November 1, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Drs. Murray, Markham & Stanton from George Washington University will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their research.

November 15, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Kevin Hatala from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

November 16, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the science-religion interface.

December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Erin-Marie Williams from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

December 20, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

December 21, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Caitlin Schrein from the Smithsonian's National Science Resources Center leads a discussion on human evolution in the K-12 science classroom.

January 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Emily Goble from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

January 18, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion led by Dr. Connie Bertka and Fr. Tom Weinandy on the science-religion interface.

February 7, 2013 - 12:00pm

Kevin Hatala from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 22, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our discussion recognizing adaptation in the early human fossil record.

March 7, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Brian Richmond from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

March 8, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Come join our panel discussion on evolution education in the US.

March 21, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Drs. Murray, Markham & Stanton from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

March 22, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the science-religion interface with Rabbi George Driesen and Dr. Jim Miller.

April 4, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Emily Goble from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

April 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Kes Schroer from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

April 26, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our discussion on insights into mineral exploitation in Middle Stone Age Africa from sourcing studies of ochre pigments.

May 2, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Brian Villmoare from the George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

May 16, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

May 31, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the science-religion interface.

June 6, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Chet Sherwood from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

June 20, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Emily Goble, postdoctoral fellow in the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

June 28, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our discussion on the real paleodet: what our ancestors ate and how we know.

July 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

July 26, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the science-religion interface.

July 31, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Alexandra Kralick, an intern in the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

August 15, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. René Bobe from George Washingon University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

August 23, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Matt Tocheri from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program talks about that enigmatic "hobbits" of human evolutionHomo floresiensis.

September 5, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Neil Roach from George Washingon University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

September 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Sarah Barks from George Washingon University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 27, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our informal discussion on the opportunities and challenges for teaching human evolution with Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Briana Pobiner.

October 3, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Postdoctoral fellows from GWU's Primate Behavioral Ecology Lab will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

October 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Andrew Du fom George Washingon University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

October 25, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about how to determine the sex and age at death of fossil humans using CT analysis with Dr. Brian Villmoare.

November 7, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Habiba Chirchir from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

November 21, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. John Yellen from the National Science Foundation will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

November 22, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about scientific and societal perspectives on the future of the planet.

December 5, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Drs. Maggie Stanton and Rob O'Malley from George Washington University will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

December 19, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Rick Potts from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be on hand with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

December 20, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

January 2, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. Briana Pobiner leads an informal discussion on meat-eating and other topics human evolution using fossil casts, real stone tools and cut-marked animal bones.

January 16, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Stephanie Baker from the University of Johannesburg will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

January 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about building bridges between scientists and religious leaders: the case of The Clergy Letter Project.

January 30, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr. Christopher Scholz from Syracuse University will present his research on climate change and its implications for understanding human origins.

February 6, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Kathryn Ranhorn from George Washington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

February 27, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Biren Patel from the University of Southern California will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 28, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about the anatomy of Homo floresiensis led by Dr. Matt Tocheri of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program.

March 6, 2014 - 10:15am - 12:15pm

Dr. Kari Prassack from the National Park Service will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

March 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Jennifer Clark from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

March 25, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Evening Lecture presented by the Smithsonian Associates

March 26, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about modern human uniqueness through a view from the Neandertal genome.

April 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Susan Coiner-Collier from Rutgers University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

April 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Habiba Chirchir of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

April 21, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Alexandra Kralick, Research Student in the Human Origins Program, will be on hand with touchable objects to talk about her research on gorilla bones.