Smithsonian Seeks Exhibition Facilitators

The Department of Outreach and Education at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History seeks creative, energetic and outgoing people to become volunteer Exhibition Facilitators for the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. NMNH will host the exhibition from June 18, 2011 through January 1, 2012. RACE: Are We So Different? is a project … Continue reading Smithsonian Seeks Exhibition Facilitators

New PhD Program at George Washington University

In contrast to our recent post about schools closing anthropological programs, we are pleased to find the Anthropology department at George Washington University to be flourishing to the point that they need to expand to a PhD program in Anthropology. George Washington’s Anthropology Department was established in 1892. Faculty train students in the fields of … Continue reading New PhD Program at George Washington University

Touring the Hall of Human Origins: A Visitor’s Impressions

By Guven Witteveen

On March 17 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History unveiled the newest addition to their permanent exhibits: the Hall of Human Origins. Since this museum counts 7 million visitors a year (second only to the Louvre in 2009), we can expect lots of people from the US and abroad to weave their way through the innovative displays. I enjoyed my own recent visit to the exhibit, which yielded the below photos. This first panorama displays a timeline, where a giant arrow illuminated with an Earth view points to a simulation game in which players struggle with the many factors that imperil the continuation of human life.

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Smithsonian Event on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution”: Free to the Public, 3/31

The Smithsonian is hosting a free public event on March 31, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm in the Baird Auditorium (National Museum of Natural History), on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution.” At the talk, the National Research Council will announce findings from its recent report on this topic. The public is invited to participate in the Q&A … Continue reading Smithsonian Event on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution”: Free to the Public, 3/31

Join an Online Conversation with Smithsonian Anthropology Curator Richard Potts

Want to participate in a discussion on the Smithsonian‘s new 15,000 sq. ft. David H Koch Hall of Human Origins, which chronicles human evolution over the past 6 million years? The Washington Post has announced that Richard Potts, paleoanthropologist and curator of anthropology, will be online today at 11:00 am ET to take questions and … Continue reading Join an Online Conversation with Smithsonian Anthropology Curator Richard Potts