Dartmouth Events

Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr. - Public Lecture and Dinner/Reception

Smashing Agassiz's Boulder: Debunking Biological Conceptions of Race Beyond the Millennium

Thursday, January 11, 2018
4:30pm-5:30pm
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

“In the late nineteenth century, Charles Darwin proposed that all humans share a common ancestor and that evolution likely began in Africa. He expected controversy over his revolutionary idea, even suggesting that Harvard professor Louis Agassiz might “throw a boulder” at him. Today, 157 years after On the Origin of Species was published, evolutionary biology has “smashed” Agassiz’s boulder and confirmed that modern humans can all trace their ancestry to Africa. Joseph Graves will discuss accepted scientific facts on human ancestry and consider why these facts are difficult to communicate in our society.”

Dinner/Reception to follow from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in Kemeny Hall, Math Lounge.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Meehan

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.