Join The Book Revue on Thursday 10 November 2016 to listen to Christa Kuljian discuss the fascinating topic of human evolution and the part that social and political context has played in the understanding we have of it.
In 1870, Darwin predicted that humans evolved in Africa. European scientists thought this astonishing and it took almost 100 years for Darwin to be proved correct. From the Taung Child Skull found here in 1924 to Lee Berger’s discovery of Homo Naledi in 2015, South Africa has been an extraordinary site for fossil discoveries. However, scientists and their research are often shaped by the prevailing social and political context of the time, including scientific racism that placed people in a hierarchy of race and as objects to be measured.
This will be an enlightening and absorbing evening and one that should interest us all, so do come.
Christa Kuljian is a Writing Fellow at Wits and author of the book Sanctuary. She studied with well known paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould for her BA in History of Science at Harvard, which has been her inspiration for this book. She also has an MA in Creative Writing.
“With its unsparing wealth of personal and historical detail, there’s nothing like Darwin’s Hunch available.” – Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History.
Date: THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2016 6:30PM FOR 7PM
Venue : Roedean auditorium, Roedean School, 35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown.