Exploring Human Origins

September 9, 2016 to October 3, 2016

Based on a popular exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History this national traveling exhibition explores the process of scientific investigation by shedding light on what we know about human evolution and how we know it through interactive kiosks, hands-on displays, and videos. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of free programs, including presentations by Smithsonian scientists.

"In our current social and political climate, it seems the question of what makes us human is increasingly relevant and important to ask ourselves. We hope that our programming provides community members of all ages the opportunity to demonstrate what it means to be human—through dialogue and through listening to and learning from each other. We are excited to go on this journey with you. Thank you for joining us." -- Richard Kong, Library Director

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

Accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact Dawn Wlezien at 847-324-3185 or dwlezien@skokielibrary.info at least two weeks prior to the event to discuss your specific needs.

Past Events


I Am a Scientist

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:00 am


I Am a Scientist

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm


Is Being Human Tied to Being Moral?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:00 pm


Teen Tour: Exploring Human Origins Exhibit

Friday, September 23, 2016, 5:00 pm


Friday Night with TED<span style="color: red;"> Canceled</span>

Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm


Be the Scientist: Tools and the Brain

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:30 pm


It's Elemental: Evolution Basics

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm


Where Do We Come From? Religious and Evolutionary Perspectives

Monday, September 19, 2016, 7:00 pm


Spoken Word Workshop with Young Chicago Authors

Friday, September 16, 2016, 4:30 pm


Exploring the Meaning of Human Evolution: A Community Conversation

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:00 pm


Educators Workshop on Teaching Human Evolution

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 3:00 pm


Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:00 pm


Exploring Human Origins: Opening Reception

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 1:00 pm