CARTA 10th Anniversary: Revisiting the Agenda

Event Dates: 
Mar 23, 2019 -
1:00pm to 6:00pm
Live Symposium Webcast:

Access to the live webcast for this symposium will be provided here on Saturday, March 23 starting at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time). Viewers will need to be logged into their user account to gain access, but are not required to register for this symposium.

More than 20 years ago, a small group of La Jolla academics began periodic meetings for transdisciplinary discussions on anthropogeny (explaining the origin of humans)––an effort that blossomed into an international intellectual collaborative organized by UC San Diego and the Salk Institute as the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). At the formal opening of CARTA just over 10 years ago a group of CARTA leaders and advisors attempted to “define the agenda”. Much additional relevant information has since emerged, and an expanded group of experts will now revisit the agenda by addressing the following questions on a broad array of selected topics: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed?––Effectively, a whirlwind tour of many but not all approaches to anthropogeny.

Event Co-Chairs
Fred Gage, President and Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences at UC San Diego, and CARTA Co-Director
Pascal Gagneux, Professor of Pathology and Anthropology, UC San Diego, and CARTA Associate Director

Opening Remarks
Fred Gage, President and Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute, Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences at UC San Diego, and CARTA Co-Director
Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, UC San Diego
Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, UC San Diego
David Brenner, Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, UC San Diego

Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, UC San Diego
Alyssa Crittenden, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Evan Eichler, HHMI Principal Investigator; Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics; Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Kristen Hawkes, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Utah
Joseph Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology and Chair, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Jon Kaas, Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Gertrude Conaway Chair at Vanderbilt University
William Kimbel, Director and Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Distinguished Professor, Institute of Advanced Study, Kyoto University
James J. Moore, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, UC San Diego
David M. Perlmutter, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UC San Diego
Margaret Schoeninger, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Anthropology, UC San Diego, CARTA Co-Director
Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory; Francis Crick Chair; Salk Institute
Katerina SemendeferiProfessor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy, UC San Diego
Anne Stone, Regents' Professor, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Associate Director, ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine
Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego, and Adjunct Professor, The Salk Institute, CARTA Co-Director

The Event Program (including speaker biosketches)  and abstracts are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Parking, Seating and Miscellaneous
Since Saturday parking in this area is much easier than during the week, there are plenty of parking options. You can find a downloadable map with directions and parking tips below.

If you require handicap parking, please note that there are limited handicap spaces close to the auditorium. There is a drop-off area outside the Salk Institute main entrance, as indicated on the Downloadable Drop-Off Map below. Carpooling and early arrival are encouraged.

Please note that we expect a full crowd for this event. A seat in the auditorium is NOT guaranteed, even if you are registered. The talks will be broadcast on a large screen in an overflow area in the foyer adjacent to the auditorium. We recommend early arrival to secure parking and a seat in the auditorium.



Event Sessions


Registration Deadline: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM

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