Paleontologist Richard Leakey to Deliver Lecture on Humanity’s Future

The event is free and open to the public

Dr. Richard Leakey, the famed paleoanthropologist, environmentalist and activist, will deliver a lecture, “Humankind: Past, Present, and Future,” at Duke University on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Leakey’s lecture will focus on his fieldwork in Kenya’s Turkana Basin, his conservation work and his Ngaren project, a museum that explores the themes of climate change, extinction and population growth.

Leakey has held a number of official positions in Kenya, mostly in institutions of archaeology and wildlife conservation. He has been director of the National Museum of Kenya, founded the NGO WildlifeDirect and is the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, among other positions.  

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke Africa Initiative and the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Nasher Art Museum’s Auditorium. Parking is available in nearby Nasher lots.