John Hawks, a UW-Madison professor and an internationally recognized expert on human evolution and genetics is UW-Waukesha’s 2018 Distinguished Lecturer. His lecture titled: “Almost Human: Bringing South African Fossil Ancestors to Light” takes place on Thursday, April 19 at 7pm in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on the UW-Waukesha campus. Hawks is best known for his work demonstrating the rapid evolution of modern humans within the past 40,000 years and for exploring the contribution of ancient Neandertals to the ancestry of people living today. He is a core member of the team that discovered the new species Homo naledi, from the Rising Star cave of South Africa, the largest fossil hominin discovery ever made in Africa. Hawks and his team recently returned to the cave, finding new evidence of H. naledi and providing new clues about how the bodies entered this incredible place.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Hawks received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah. Currently a member of the Anthropology Department at UW-Madison, he teaches a range of courses from introductory to graduate level in biological anthropology, human evolution and genetics and the evolution of human behavior. He also teaches an online course, “Human Evolution: Past and Future” and authors the John Hawks Weblog, a widely read and referenced science blog that deals with Paleoanthropology.
Admission for the April 19 lecture is $5 for the public and $2 for UW-Waukesha students.
The campus is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 262-521-5212 (or at the door, while supplies last).