1. Dr. Richard Leakey: The Role of Cultural Expression in Human Evolution


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    Renowned paleoanthropologist, politician and environmentalist, Richard Leakey has been making international headlines for more than 40 years and was included in TIME's 100 Greatest Minds of the 20th Century. He is Chairman of the Board of the Turkana Basin Institute and former Director of the Kenya National Museums and the Kenya Wildlife Service. His field work at Lake Natron on the Kenya-Tanzania border, in the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia, and all around Lake Turkana in Kenya, yielded a treasure trove of hominid fossils that has provided much of the paleontological record on which our understanding of human evolution is based. On the insistence of international donor organizations, from 1999 to 2001 Leakey served as cabinet secretary and head of the Kenyan civil service. He has recently founded WildlifeDirect, an online conservation service of the world's most endangered species and is author of over 100 articles and books, including The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and The Future of Humankind, Leakey examined the five great catastrophic extinctions in the history of the planet. This evening talk was part of the Stony Brook University Turkana Basin Institute's 6th Human Evolution Workshop chaired by Dr Leakey and hosted by Watermill Community Board Member Michael Braverman. The workshop brought together 22 scientists from 5 countries to discuss the causes and consequences of prehistoric changes in food, technology, and social life in the Turkana Basin and compare them to contemporaneous changes in other regions of Africa. For more information please see www.stonybrook.edu/tbi

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    • Friday Night Awards Banquet


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      Awardees Dan Savage, Humanist of the Year Biography: Dan Savage is being named the 2013 Humanist of the Year for his long history of sex-positive writing, advocacy of separation of church and state, and work for LGBT youth. Savage also speaks out frequently on a variety of other issues including the Iraq War, the War on Drugs, and birth control. His syndicated relationship and sex advice column, Savage Love, is a frank, humorous and open discussion of sexuality. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He is the author of several books, including How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself, The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, and It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Richard Leakey, Isaac Asimov Science Award Biography: Richard Leakey's prolific career as paleoanthropologist, politician, and environmentalist has spanned five decades. His pioneering work in the Turkana Basin region of northern Kenya has unearthed much of the existing fossil evidence for human evolution. Currently he serves as chairman of the Turkana Basin Institute, a scientific research organization which builds upon the 40-plus years of prehistory research in the area around Lake Turkana. In addition, Leakey is a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and former director of both the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service. Entertainment: The Galapagos Mountain Boys (www.scientificgospel.com)

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      • Stolen Apes


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        Film by: Johann Jenson Written by: Doug Cress Narrated by: Dr. Richard Leakey Visit http://www.un-grasp.org for more information and to download the "Stolen Apes" report. Special thanks to: Ofir Drori, Mike Goldwater, Ian Redmond, Jason Meier, Alain Compost, Households "Sleeping at Last"

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        • The Burning of Hides


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          The mass incineration of thousands of confiscated animal skins and game trophies being publicly destroyed by the Kenyan Government. Prior to this event, tusks of over 2000 elephant were also burnt in Nairobi National Park. Part of a controversial anti-poaching initiative. Super 8 Canon 1014XL - 5. 'Burning of Hides' Composed by Sarah Sarhandi, London, 2003 and 2007. www.sarahsarhandi.com. Box 13 Art Space 'Disturbance of Distance' 2009. Curated by Eleanor Williams. Edits: 1989, 2003 and 2007. Duration: 9:51minutes

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