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

HOT (Human Origins Today) TOPICS: Fridays, monthly (usually the last or second-to-last Friday of the month) from 4-5pm, 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

February 17, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Rob O'Malley from George Washington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 26, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion with Becca Pexiotto from American University about the discovery of the newest member of our family tree, Homo naledi!

March 2, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

March 16, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

March 25, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion exploring the meanings of human evolution.

April 6, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

April 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

April 29, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

May 4, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

May 18, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

May 20, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

June 1, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

June 15, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

June 17, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

July 6, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

July 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

July 29, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

August 3, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

August 17, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

August 26, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

September 7, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

September 21, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

September 30, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins

October 5, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

October 28, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

November 2, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

November 16, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

November 18, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

December 7, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

December 21, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

December 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

Join us for a discussion on a hot topic in human origins.

Past

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.

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 4, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges afforded for integrating religious and scientific perspectives on Earth's future.

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

Drs. Markham, Stanton, and O'Malley of George Washington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

May 23, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about insights from religious partnerships on humanity and the environment.

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 11, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dr. Rick Potts, director of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, will discuss past climate and human evolution.

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

Dr. Betul Kacar (Georgia Tech University) & Zachary Adam (Montana State University) will be in the exhibit and available to answer questions and talk about their research.

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

Come join our discussion about symbols in African rock art.

June 27, 2014 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Join us for a free public lecture about rock art in Kenya and the future of Africa's past.

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

Dr. Fredrick Kyalo Manthi from the National Museums of Kenya will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

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

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

July 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Come join our discussion about our relationship with the planet: past, present, and future challenges.

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

Jennifer Clark, a museum specialist with the Human Origins Program, will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

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

Matthew Ferry, an exhibitions assistant at NMNH, will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

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

Come join Dr. Kate Teffer discuss her research on recent insights into human brain evolution.

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

Laurence Domouchel, a PhD student at George Washington University, will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

September 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Andrew Zipkin, a PhD student at George Washington University, will be on hand with touchable objects to talk about his research.

September 26, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

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

Dr. Caitlin Schrein will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

October 15, 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

As part of National Fossil Day, Dr. Briana Pobiner will be in Q?rius with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

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

Come join our discussion about the evolution of human locomotion with Dr. David Green from Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Catherine Haradon from Santa Monica College will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

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

Dr. Caley Orr and Dr. Biren Patel will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

November 21, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion on Native American perspectives on humanity’s relation to the Earth.

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

Elizabeth Grace Veatch from the National Museum of Natural History will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

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

Dr. John Yellen of the National Science Foundation will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

December 19, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion with Dr. Damien Huffer about what isotopes can tell us about human diet and migration.

January 15, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

January 23, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion: "Can a Technological Civilization be Beneficial to Planet Earth?"

February 5, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

February 19, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Catherine Denial from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her work.

February 27, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion about early humans as part of prehistoric ecological communities.

March 5, 2015 - 11:15am - 1:15pm

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

March 12, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join Dr. James Trefil and Dr. James Miller for a discussion entitled "If We Can Make the World Into Anything, What Kind of World Do We Want?"

March 19, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

April 2, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Matt Ferry from the Office of Exhibits at NMNH will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

April 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion entitled "Reading DNA: What we can and cannot learn by peering into your genome".

April 26, 2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Come join our panel discussion with keynote speaker Dale Jameson from NYU entitled "Imagining the Human Future: Ethics for the Anthropocene".

May 7, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

May 21, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Jennifer Parkinson will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

May 29, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion about the search for meaning in an unfinished universe.

June 4, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

June 18, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Anna Ragni will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

June 26, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion about a hot topic in human evolution: can we see into the minds of early humans?

July 2, 2015 - 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.

July 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Benjamin Utting from Stony Brook University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

July 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion entitled "Plan or Accident? Are Human Beings Inevitable or Improbable?" with Dr. James B. Miller.

August 6, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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

August 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

August 28, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion with Dr. Ronald S. Hermann from Towson University about the teaching and learning of evolution in public schools.

September 3, 2015 - 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.

September 18, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Catherine Denial from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her activities.

September 25, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our conversation about exploring the meanings of human evolution.

October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

October 15, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Chrisandra Kufeldt will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

October 30, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion about what isotopes can tell us about human diet and migration.

November 5, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Kate McGrath from George Washiington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about her research.

November 19, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

November 20, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our HOT Topic conversation about exploring the meanings of human evolution.

December 3, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

David Patterson from George Washington University will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about their research.

December 17, 2015 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

December 18, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion with Dr. Rick Potts, curator of the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins, on climate dynamics and human evolution.

January 6, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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.

January 15, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Come join our discussion about evolution and the evangelical community with Mike Beidler and Connie Bertka.

January 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Robert Kaplan from the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program will be in the exhibit with touchable objects to answer questions and talk about his research.

February 3, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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