CARTA 10th Anniversary: Revisiting the Agenda

Event Dates: 
Mar 23, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:00-5:30 p.m.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Event Co-Chairs
Fred Gage, Professor and President, The Salk Institute and Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego; CARTA Co-Director
Pascal Gagneux, Professor of Anthropology and Pathology, UC San Diego; CARTA Associate Director

More than 20 years ago, a small group of La Jolla academics began periodic meetings for transdisclipinary 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 each topic area listed: 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 anthropogeny.

Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, UC San Diego
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
Sarah B. Hrdy, Professor Emerita of Anthropology University of California, Davis; Associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
Jon Kaas, Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Gertrude Conaway Chair at Vanderbilt University
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS), and Professor, Primate Research Institute of 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, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, UC San Diego, CARTA Co-Director
Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory; Francis Crick Chair; Salk Institute
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
Bernard Wood, University Professor of Human Origins and Professor of Human Evolutionary Anatomy, George Washington University

Examples of Topics to be addressed
Primatology & Comparative Cognition
Comparative Ecology & Behavior
Anatomy & Paleoanthropology
Nutrition & Chronology
Archeology & Climate
Comparative Genomics & Genetics
Genomics & Ancient DNA
Population Genetics & Human Origins
Disease & Immunity
Psychology & Mental Disease
Hunter-Gatherers & Life History
Reproduction & Mothering
Parenting & Child Development
Neurosciences & Development
Language & Communication
Cognition & Computational Neuroscience
Morality & Cooperation


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

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