Origins Science Scholars

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The Origins Science Scholars Program is presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO) and is held in partnership with several Northeast Ohio research and educational institutions.

In this unique program, members of the community engage with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by open discussion.


Click on the titles below to register for individual lectures or for the full series register here.

Individual Lectures: $5/members and $10/nonmembers
Full Series: $25/members and $50/nonmembers


Elisabeth Hildebrand
October 20|6-7 p.m. ET

Elisabeth Hildebrand and colleagues recently published stunning data on social complexity among nomadic pastoralists in what is now Turkana, Kenya with date drawn from excavations and ground-penetrating radar surveys at the earliest and most massive monumental site in eastern Africa. Lothagam North Pillar Site.

Mark Aldenderfer
October 27|6-7 p.m. ET

Archaeologist Dr. Mark Aldenderfer, the MacArthur Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, has spent his life investigating the origins of settled village life, human adaptation to high altitude environments, hunting, and gathering, and early plant and animal domestication.

Sara Seager
November 03|6-7 p.m. ET

In 25 years we have gone from knowing only about the (then 9) planets of our solar system to a wealth of over 4000 known planets around thousands of stars.

Neil Cornish
November 10|6-7 p.m. ET

In September 2015, 100 years after Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity, the LIGO collaboration announced the first every observation of gravitational waves emanating from the merger of two black holes over 1 billion light years away, opening up a new window on the universe.

John Ruhl
November 17|6-7 p.m. ET

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the glow of the universe from when it was just 400,000 years old. It has also been our most valuable tool in deciphering the nature of the universe on large scales, especially the universe before that time.