The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage
Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The first lecture is titled "The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. About the lecture Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the structure and function of human skin have tracked major events in our evolution. These lectures will explore the nature and sequence of changes in human skin through prehistory, and the consequences of these changes for the lives of people today. About Dr. Nina Jablonski Nina Jablonski’s current research comprises basic, clinical, and educational projects, including a study of the lifestyle and genetic factors that affect vitamin D status in healthy young adults in South Africa, the writing of a graphic novel about skin color for South African middle school children, and the development of a science summer camp curriculum for minority and underserved middle school students in the U.S. Her research is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation. She is the author of Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (2012), and Skin: A Natural History (2006), both from the University of California Press. Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, at the Pennsylvania State University; Director, Center for Human Evolution and Diversity at the Pennsylvania State University; Associate Director, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University; and Permanent Visiting Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Chevron Auditorium
Event Type: 
International House
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Event Sponsor: 
Graduate Division
Event Speakers: 
Dr. Nina Jablonski