CSU, Chico News

Leakey Book Club Announced

Date: 09-04-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Greg Liggett
Northern California
Natural History Museum

The Anthropology Museum and the Northern California Natural History Museum (NCNHM) at California State University, Chico will present the Leakey Book Club in anticipation of a visit by Dr. Richard Leakey on Oct. 3. Leakey’s visit is part of both the President’s Lecture Series and the On the Creek Lecture Series.

Prior to Leakey’s visit, faculty members from the Department of Anthropology will lead a series of discussions related to the book “Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankinds Beginnings” by Virginia Morell.

The discussions will be held Wednesday evenings, Sept.10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Chico. Copies of the book will be available, but it is not necessary to have read the book to enjoy the discussions.

Discussion topics include evolution of Neanderthals, forensic anthropology, fieldwork in Africa, social implications of museum collections, and the Leakey family legacy.

Richard Leakey is the second of three sons of the archaeologists Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey. He is an international spokesperson on wildlife conservation, a Kenyan politician and a paleontologist. Leakey was appointed the head of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Department by President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya in response to the international outcry over the poaching of elephants. He served in that position from 1989 until 1994.

He is the author and co-author of eight books, including, “Wildlife Wars: My Battle to Save Kenya’s Elephants,” with Virginia Morell; “Origins Reconsidered,” with Roger Lewin; and “ The Sixth Extinction,” also with Lewin. Leakey continues to lecture on environmental themes and is currently involved in grassroots wildlife conservation projects.

The Department of Anthropology also presents weekly forums every Thursday at 4 p.m. in Ayres Hall 120 on the CSU, Chico campus. The public is welcome to attend.

Details on all these programs can be found at the museum’s Web page.

Information about Leakey’s appearance in Chico as part of the President’s Lecture Series can be found at the Web site.