November 9, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Film Row Cinema, Columbia College - Chicago
Film Row Cinema, South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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This event is a screening of the award-winning documentary Rise of the Warrior Apes, featuring a question and answer session with collaborating scientist Dr. John Mitani.

“Filmed over 23 years, Rise of the Warrior Apes tells the epic story of an extraordinary troop of chimpanzees in Ngogo, Uganda – featuring four mighty warriors who rule through moral ambiguity, questionable politics, strategic alliances, and destroyed trust. Read more…

November 8, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo
Cafe Brauer, North Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

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Chimpanzees and their sister species, the bonobo, are humankind’s closest living relatives. Because of this close evolutionary relationship, chimpanzees provide a model system to evaluate claims about human uniqueness. Read more…

May 23, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Center
400 S State St, Chicago, IL, USA

The Leakey Foundation, Chicago Council on Science and Technology and Chicago Public Library present

 The Origins of the Genus Homo

When did our ancestors look the way we expect the earliest members of our genus to have looked? Read more…

January 16, 2018

Pint Chicago
1547 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Every human carries a unique individual genome. The ways in which human genomes are similar or different to one another is just now being detailed at high resolution thanks to technological advances in DNA sequencing. These new observations reveal much about our origins as humans and the evolutionary processes that shape both human adaptation and disease. Read more…

October 12, 2017

Walter Payton College Prep High School
1034 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL, USA

The recent discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil infant ape skull has offered a rare glimpse of what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The fossil, nicknamed “Alesi,” belongs to a newly named species called Nyanzapithecus alesi. Alesi was discovered in a desolate region of Kenya by John Ekusi, a member of Dr. Isaiah Nengo’s research team. In this talk, Dr. Nengo will share the story of finding this rare fossil and discuss the secrets that cutting-edge technology has uncovered about the life of this ancient infant.

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The discovery that a microorganism produced penicillin in 1928 ushered in an unprecedented global effort to mine for new antibiotics from the environment, in particular from microorganisms that live in soil. It remains one of the most impactful scientific discoveries in our species’ history, as it resulted in nearly doubling our life span. Read more…