The Journey to Becoming Human

2014–2015 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.


Past 2014–2015 Membership Lectures
Jogging Couple Lecture
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine Daniel Lieberman Evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman investigates evidence that indicates the evolution of human hunting and gathering was made possible by a suite of adaptations that transformed our ancestors into superlative endurance athletes.
Human Diet Lecture
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Evolution of the Human Diet Leslie Aiello Anthropologist Leslie Aiello follows the evolution of human nutrition from our earliest ancestors to the modern day, drawing attention to the diversity in the human diet over time and its consequences.
Grandmother carrying child in Borana, Ethiopia Lecture
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Grandmothers and Human Evolution Kristen Hawkes Anthropologist Kristen Hawkes considers the Grandmother Hypothesis that increased longevity is a key to the evolution of human life history and other features that distinguish us from the great apes.
Nicole Taylor, Director of Scholar Programs, holding the 2012 J. I. Staley Prize Winning Book Lecture
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Evolution and Women’s Lives Wenda Trevathan Biological anthropologist Wenda Trevathan discusses why our experiences with adolescence, pregnancy, birth, nursing, sexuality, and menopause have little in common with what is believed to have been the experience of our ancestors.
Newborn Baby Lecture
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Whence Language? The Role of Mothers and Infants Dean Falk Evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk explores how and why baby talk, musical speech, or “motherese” first appeared in our ancestors and the likely role of prehistoric mothers and infants in the subsequent origin of symbolic language.

Past Membership Lecture Series
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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