Humanity's Evolutionary Path – Fact & Fantasy

2015-2016 Membership Lectures

Lectures take place at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m. (use the Washington Avenue entrance, behind the Palace of the Governors). Seating is limited and there are no advance tickets or reservations, so please arrive early to assure a seat.

Download a printable version of our 2015-2016 Membership Lectures calendar (PDF, 2 MB).

Members can register in advance by contacting Jean Schaumberg at schaumberg[at] Non-members can register here.

September 2015
Chris Boehm Lecture
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm,
Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Hunter-Gatherer Morals Chris Boehm When it comes to determining the moral life of late Pleistocene foragers, scientists have little to go on. Using a large hunter-gatherer database that he created, cultural anthropologist Chris Boehm reconstructs the moral life of prehistoric foragers through the use of ethnographic analogy.
October 2015
Marlene Zuk Lecture
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Paleofantasy: What Evolution Tells Us about Modern Life Marlene Zuk Are our bodies and brains at odds with contemporary life? Would we be better off if we reverted to the way things used to be, before the rapid changes of agriculture brought us diseases of civilization? Or have human beings in modern society freed themselves from evolution?
January 2016
John Huth Lecture
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Navigation and the Lost Art of Wayfinding John Huth In the modern era we have become accustomed to instantaneous transfer of information. To find our way we use GPS and devices that guide us from Point A to Point B without giving it a second thought. Are we losing the cognitive processes that our ancestors had, and at what price?
March 2016
Agustin Fuentes Lecture
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Human Evolution: A Cocktail of Creativity Agustin Fuentes A cocktail of creativity and collaboration that is unique to our species has propelled the development of our bodies, minds, and cultures — for good and for bad. We are neither the nastiest nor the nicest species. We are first and foremost the species singularly distinguished, and shaped, by creativity. Nonmembers purchase tickets here.
April 2016
Barbara King Lecture
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Animal Emotion Barbara King Biological anthropologist Barbara King reveals unexpected breadth in animal emotion, ranging from wild dolphins to farm animals to our much loved companion animals — dogs, cats, horses, and more. In this illustrated talk she shares stores of animal love and animal grief and responds to those who worry that attributing such deep emotion to other species is mere anthropomorphism.

Past Membership Lecture Series
Grandmother carrying child in Borana, Ethiopia2014–2015 Membership LecturesThe Journey to Becoming Human
Picuris Mural2013–2014 Membership LecturesThe Anthropology of Faith and Belief
Wodaabe Woman, c. 19972012–2013 Membership LecturesCelebrating the Breadth of SAR Alumni
2011–2012 Membership Lectures—rev·o·lu·tions2011–2012 Membership Lecturesrev·o·lu·tions
2009–2010 Membership Lectures—The Visual & the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible2010–2011 Membership LecturesThe Visual & the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible
Capuchin Monkey2009–2010 Membership LecturesPirates, Primates, and Prosperity: New Insights on Wealth
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