Events & Upcoming Talks

Dean Falk speaks to general and specialist groups about human evolution. Lecture topics include the evolution of the human brain and intelligence, the discovery of Homo floresiensis (“Hobbit”), and the evolutionary origins of language and music.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017; 9:30-12:30
Location: Villa of the Werner-Reimers Stiftung; Bad Homburg, Germany
Event: Colloquium honoring Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald (seminar for graduate students)
Title: Trends in the evolution of the hominin brain
Details: Registration for students is only possible via a registration form sent by the Werner Reimers Foundation to a specific address list. The number of participants will be max 30 persons usually coming from the Senckenberg Research Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt and universities in the vicinity. There is no online registration.
Date: Wednesday; November 15, 2017; 7:30 pm
Location: Senckenberg Institute; Frankfurt, Germany
Event: 16th Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald Lecture
Title: “Large brains, canned salmon, and the atomic bomb: The evolution of lethal violence in humans.”
Details: Free and open to public
Poster: Senckenberg 2017 11 15 Poster
Date: September 24-27, 2017
Location: Moltkes Palace; Copenhagen, Denmark
Event: The Brain Conferences, Cortex Evolution and Development
Falk’s presentation: “Chimpanzee brains, australopithecine endocasts, and the evolution of material culture”
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Location: International Conference on Evolution of Language (Evolang XI)
Event: Plenary Speaker: “Evo-devo & the evolution of language”
Date: Friday (Darwin Day), February 12, 2016; 7 pm
Location: banquet; Hotel Capstone, University of Alabama campus, Tuscaloosa
Event: Inaugural keynote address for SEEPS (Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society):
The evolution of Asperger syndrome: a cross-disciplinary Perspective
Details: see conference website
Abstract: Link
Flyer: Link
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015; 3:00-4:30
Location: UChicago Campus— Logan Center Performance Hall
Event: BrainStorm, a seminar covering a diverse range of neuroscience disciplines, including talks from Drs. Dean Falk (neuropaleontology), Winifred Newman (neuroaesthetics and ecological psychology), Silman Bensmaia (neurorobotics), and Thor Stein (neurodegenerative disease)
Fee: Free & open to public
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5-7:00 PM
Location: World Science Festival in New York, New York
Event: Spotlight: Women in Science; Moderator, Tracy Day
Participants: Dean Falk, Mandë Holford, Patricia Kovatch, Tara M. Ruttley.
Date: Friday, May 29, 2015, 8-9:30 PM
Location: World Science Festival in New York, New York
Event: What makes humans unique? Archaeologist Lee Berger, psychologist Steven Pinker, anthropologist Dean Falk, and evolutionary biologist Paul Bingham explore this question. This program will examine, from a variety of perspectives, how humans evolved to be the species we are today and where we may be headed in the future.
Date: October 14-19, 2014
Location: Erice, Sicily, Italy
Event: 33rd workshop of the International School of Ethology: What made us human? Biological and cultural evolution of Homo sapiens. Falk’s presentation: Evolution of brain and culture: The neurological and cognitive journey from Australopithecus to Albert Einstein, October 18.
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Location: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium (use Washington Avenue entrance)
Event: “Whence Language? The Role of Mothers and Infants”
Fee: Free for SAR members, $10 for nonmembers
Date: May 28, 2014; 1-5 pm
Location: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Event: Public symposium on aspects of being human and our evolutionary trajectory; Falk’s presentation: Brain evolution from Australopithecusto Albert Einstein: What matters, size or wiring?Abstract
Date: December 2, 2013; 6 pm
Location: Hotel Santa Fe; Santa Fe, New Mexico
Event: Southwest Seminars Talk, by subscription or $12 at the door: “The Fossil Record of Human Brain Evolution“
Date: October 8, 2013; 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Barrick Museum Auditorium, University of Nevada Campus, Las Vegas
Event: Talk, Free & Open to the Public: “The Amazing Saga of Albert Einstein’s Brain: Truth-IS-Stranger-Than-Fiction
Date: October 1, 2013; 8:00 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Bldg, Rm 125, Clemente Drive, U. Pittsburgh Oakland Campus,
Pittsburgh, PA
Event: Talk, Free & Open to the Public: “Fossil ‘hobbits,’ Homo sapiens, and the politics of paleoanthropology”
Date: September 22 – 25, 2013
Location: West Sussex, UK
Event: The Company of Biologists workshop:
Evolution of the Human Neocortex: How Unique Are We?
Date: May 8, 2012
Location: Location:  School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
Event: Talk: “New Findings of Hominin Brain Evolution,” Santa Fe Science Writers Workshop
Date: April 28, 2012
Location: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Event: Talk: “The Role of Prehistoric Mothers in the Evolution of Language”See the talk on  here.To view the entire Leakey Foundation “The Female in Evolution” symposium (alas, for a fee), go to: The Female in Evolution
Date: April 27, 2012
Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco
Event: Talk about Paleoanthropology
Date: April 26, 2012, 7–9 pm
Location: The Bone Room, Berkeley, California
Event: Talk and Book Signing: The Fossil Chronicles
Date: February 9, 2012
Location: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium; Santa Fe, New Mexico
Event: Talk: The Fossil Chronicles: Revolutions in Paleoanthropology
Date: October 28, 2011
Location: Palazzo Ducale; Genoa, Italy
Event: Talk: Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants & the Origins of Language
Date: October 3-7, 2011
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Event: Workshop on DIK-1-1 (Selam) skeleton (Australopithecus afarensis)


Dean Falk presenting to the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM. Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz.