Dr. John Hawks is a paleoanthropologist who has studied almost every part of human evolution up to the last 10,000 years. In addition, he is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the Associate Chair of Anthropology.
Hawks' work has taken him to dozens of archaeological sites in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2013, Hawks and his colleague, Dr. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, began the Rising Star Expedition. Named after the Rising Star Cave, which is part of the "Cradle of Mankind" World Heritage Site, the expedition into the Dinaledi Chamber led to the largest discovery of hominin (human ancestor) fossils found to date. It was this work that uncovered a previously unknown human ancestor: Homo naledi.
Please join Distinguished Lecture Series for an evening with Professor John Hawks. The doors to the H.F. DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery will open at 7:00 PM.
Lecture is open and FREE to both students and the public, and will end with a 30 minute Q&A.