Free—Lecture only tickets to this event are available here. 

The event information below is for a fundraising event to support the Bill Kimbel Impact Fund. 

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You are invited to join the Institute of Human Origins (IHO) Research Council and IHO Director and Professor Yohannes Haile-Selassie for an engaging evening with Bernard Wood PhD, Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, George Washington University.

Cocktails and conversation at IHO's new offices on the second floor of the Walton Center for Planetary Health will be followed by the evening’s feature presentation by Bernard Wood PhD in the first floor auditorium.

This lecture series is the outcome of an endowment established in Kimbel’s name by his generous friends and colleagues after he passed away in April 2022. Proceeds from the event will be contributed to the endowment to continue this lecture series and, in the future, to fund student research and scholarships.

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Bernard Wood PhD

For this inaugural lecture, Professor Wood will focus on the scientific career of former IHO Director William H. Kimbel PhD. Wood will review the nature and significance of Kimbel’s unique and important contributions to paleoanthropology through both fieldwork and analysis. Kimbel was a consummate morphologist, whose knowledge of the craniodental evidence for early hominin evolution was unequalled. But he also understood that the opportunity to recover and study the original fossil evidence was a privilege, which comes with obligations and responsibilities. The obligations include the need for painstaking observation and analysis; the responsibilities include the requirement to present results in a way that promotes constructive and rigorous debate. Bill Kimbel was widely respected for his scholarship and professionalism. His career, which serves as a model for civility in our discipline, exemplified how the enterprise of paleoanthropology should be conducted.

Cocktails and conversation—5:30 to 7:00 pm 
Lecture—7:00 to 8:30 pm

Friday, April 14, 2023
Institute of Human Origins, Second floor
Walton Center for Planetary Health

Tickets are $100 per person
to benefit the Bill Kimbel Impact Fund*

Purchase tickets here

Tickets are limited. Please purchase tickets by April 10, 2023

For more information visit the event website
or contact Julie Russ
480.727.6571 |

*All funds will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for A New American University, a nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU. Gifts in support of ASU are subject to foundation policies and fees. Due to the fair market value of benefits provided, only payments in excess of fair market value (FMV) of $60 may be considered a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions. 

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