Porterville College

CHAP: Sole Survivor, The Story of Modern Human Origins


CHAP 2017-2018 Theme: The Storyteller's Art

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

Is proud to present a special event featuring


Ann Gibbons

Author and Contributing Correspondent at Science Magazine

(2017-8 Porterville College Distinguished Speaker in Anthropology)


Sole Survivor: The Story of Modern Human Origins


Friday, March 2nd, 2018

7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater


Ann Gibbons will talk about the exciting new discoveries that have illuminated the story of modern human origins and revealed how our ancestors mated with Neandertals and other modern humans.  In the past year, new dates on fossils have pushed back the date of the origins of our species, Homo sapiens, to more than 300,000 years ago in Africa. New research also has traced the footsteps of modern humans as they swept out of Africa in the past 100,000 years and spread into Asia, Europe and the Americas. A revolution in the study of ancient DNA in the past decade is now revealing the genetic legacy that living humans have inherited from Neandertals and other archaic humans and how that DNA is affecting our health today.


Ann Gibbons is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors, which was a finalist for the LA Times best science and technology book. She also has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and written about human evolution for National Geographic, SLATE, Smithsonian magazine and other publications. She recently has been awarded three major science writing awards, including the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Gene S. Stuart Award for “The Thousand-Year Graveyard,” which appeared as Science’s first multimedia story on December 13, 2013; the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine 2013 Communication Awards for best magazine/newspaper article for "The Ultimate Sacrifice," which appeared in a special issue of Science on human conflict (May 18, 2012); and the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade's worth of stories on human origins and evolution.


Copies of Gibbon’s book The First Human are available for purchase in the Porterville College bookstore; the bookstore will be open following the presentation for those interested in purchasing copies of the book to have signed by the author.


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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.


Date & Time: 
Fri, 03/02/2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
PC Theater

Kern Community College District