Evolution and Diversity. Meet the Scientists



The Homo sapiens. The Great Story of Human Diversity exhibition is able to offer visitors a full programme of lectures, open to all comers, thanks to the presence in Italy of some of the leading players in the field of worldwide scientific research into human evolution and the history of our species' population of the planet. Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach adopted in the exhibition, the lectures will be held by anthropologists, geneticists, linguists, demographers, archaeologists, historians and philosophers. Using unpublished audio and video material, dialogue and conversation, and with the help of expert communicators, each meeting will allow the audience to explore the fascinating world of scientific culture and provide an opportunity to learn of the astonishing recent discoveries that are shedding new light on the complexity of human evolution. A new way of looking at the past, but at the same time a new way of interpreting the present.

Admission via steps in Via Milano 9 A, Rome
Reservations may be made by membership cardholders only

Dal: 11/11/2011
Al: 13/03/2012

11/11/2011 18:30
Telmo Pievani. The Great History of Human Diversity: introduction to the exhibition
free admission

Is man an invasive species? Do we all hail from Africa, to which a shared nostalgia still binds us today? What is it that unites the peoples who have spread to the four corners of the world over the centuries, and what is it that divides them? Exhibition curator Telmo Pievani will be answering these questions and many more as he conducts an overview of the "Homo Sapiens" exhibition.


11/11/2011 21:00
Lee Berger. Australopithecus Sediba, the most recent revolutionary discovery in the evolution of mankind - Encounters
free admission

His name means "source" in the local language. Australopithecus Sediba lived at the same time as the first Homo in East Africa, less than two million years ago, thus potentially shifting our direct ancestors' origin from Ethiopia to South Africa.  Like all of our ancestors, he's a unique mosaic of features which Lee Berger will be helping us to decipher.


12/11/2011 18:30
Theresa Chelepy-Roberts and Claudio Tuniz, musical interludes with Martin O'Laughlin on the didgeridoo. The great Australian epic
free admission

A few Homo Sapiens tribes looked across the sea between 60,000 and 50,000 years ago and succeeded in completing the crossing, thus marking the start of the great Australian epic. Tonight we'll be hearing the story of how the Australian continent was populated, amid discoveries and leading-edge scientific techniques... and to the accompaniment of the didgeridoo!


13/11/2011 18:30
David Lordkipanidze. Homo Georgicus: the story of the first little man to come out of Africa
free admission

The abundant remains of a human settlement dating back 1.85 million years, the oldest date ever recorded outside Africa, have recently surfaced midway between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. David Lordkipanidze will be telling the story of the discovery of Homo Georgicus, our first, pioneering ancestor to come out of Africa.


16/11/2011 18:30
Telmo Pievani and Federico Taddia. The unpredictable story of human diversity
free admission

What does it feel like to know that until only a short while ago we, the human species, were never alone? Or to discover that human races are all in our head, not out there in the world? Or that we're all African? Federico Taddia and Telmo Pievani take a disarming look at the more amusing and ironical aspects of human evolution.


21/11/2011 18:30
Giorgio Manzi and Juan-Luis Arsuaga. Homo Sapiens: the birth of symbolic intelligence
free admission

We became modern about 40,000 years ago.  That was when our species began to use its imagination and to ask itself questions about nature - a process which marked the birth of the modern human mind.  Using data from molecular biology, the neurosciences, ethology and psychology, Giorgio Manzi and Juan-Luis Arsuaga will be explaining how we became "Sapiens".


23/11/2011 18:30
Marco Aime and Guido Barbujani. Why are we different?
free admission

Introduced by Giovanni Destro Bisol
Touaregs, Burmese, Tatars, Swedes, Basques, the Maori and the Navajo are all equal yet all different. In the course of Homo Sapiens' evolution there simply hasn't been enough time to split peoples into "races", but the human species does contain within it an extraordinary cultural diversity. Guido Barbujani and Marco Aime will be illustrating the unity in diversity that is such an astonishing feature of our species.


30/11/2011 18:30
Olga Rickards and Gianfranco Biondi. The "race" mistake
free admission

We constantly refer to the word "race" when we discuss mankind, but in fact that's a mistake. Olga Rickards and Gianfranco Biondi will be discussing how racial classification is simply the result of an error in the process of explaining biological variability, which is the very basis of life itself.


02/12/2011 18:30
Patrizio Roversi. Animals, plants, languages, cultures, histories, music, food... the Italian people's incredible diversity
free admission

A lecture and a show, with Telmo Pievani and Antonio Guerci
How many ways are their of saying "bread" or "love" in the dialects and tongues spoken in Italy? And why is our country so overflowing with diversity? Patrizio Roversi will be taking Telmo Pievani and Antonio Guerci on a sardonic journey exploring the Italians' most unexpected differences.


07/12/2011 18:30
Nicoletta Maraschio and Nicola Grandi. Languages evolve too
free admission

Languages tell the story of the world as seen through our eyes, because they only describe what we see and what is meaningful for us. Nicoletta Maraschio and Nicola Grandi will be showing that languages adapt and change, that they relate to their surroundings, to diversification and to extinction: in other words, that they evolve.


14/12/2011 18:30
Fabrizio Rufo and Paolo Rossi. Eating: need, desire, obsession. The planetwide diversity of food
free admission

Fabrizio Rufo will be talking to Paolo Rossi, a leading expert in the history of science and of ideas who recently decided to tackle an unusual theme, producing an updated philosophy and anthropology of eating, exploring needs, desires, obsessions, differences and unexpected developments.


19/01/2012 18:30
Massimo Livi Bacci and Alfredo Coppa. On the march: human migrations past and future
free admission

Introduced by Fabrizio Rufo
An encounter devoted to the central message of the Homo Sapiens. The Great Story of Human Diversity exhibition: we're human precisely because we've never stopped moving, shifting, migrating, spreading or changing the areas we settle in, simultaneously splitting apart and forging hybrids.


01/02/2012 18:30
Giorgio Manzi, Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi and David Caramelli. Fossil molecule hunters and fossil hunters
free admission

Putting fossils and genes together to figure out where we come from, how we've evolved and what relations we've entertained with other human species: three of the most celebrated Italian scholars at the international level will be accompanying the audience on a fascinating journey into the most recent discoveries regarding our past.


08/02/2012 18:30
Bernardino Fantini and Aldo Morrone. From the past to the future: migration and disease
free admission

From the moment man and the animals first began to exist side by side right up to today's swine or avian influenza epidemics, our relationship with infectious agents carried by domestic animals has influenced the scenarios of human diversity, fostering gloomy asymmetries between the peoples of the Old World and those of the "new worlds".


13/03/2012 18:00
Giuseppe Longobardi and Alessio Boattini. Darwin's Last Challenge: The LANGELIN Project
free admission

with the participation of Francesco Cavalli-Sforza and Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
The LANGELIN (LANguage-GEne_LINeages) project is the result of a joint initiative involving linguists and geneticists, which has been under way for several years now and which aims to pursue a line of research originally devised by Luca Cavalli Sforza some 25 years ago, seeking to establish the relationship between the biological transmission of genetic patrimony and the cultural transmission of language in the history of mankind.  A new method is currently being devised to accurately measure the grammatical diversity of languages and to compare that diversity with the genetic distance separating the populations on the various continents.  The object of the exercise is to help shed light on the history of human migration and the impact that that migration has had on the formation of cultural, and especially linguistic, diversity.

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