Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

'Tales of the Ex-Apes: How we think about human evolution'

Jonathan Marks is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, where he has taught since the beginning of the present millennium, after brief stretches at Yale and Berkeley. His primary training is in biological anthropology and genetics, but his interests are broad. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In the last few years he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Forum in Edinburgh, at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and a Templeton Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Notre Dame. His work has received the W. W. Howells Book Prize and the General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship from the American Anthropological Association, and the J. I. Staley Prize from the School for Advanced Research. He is the author of What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee and Why I Am Not a Scientist, both published by the University of California Press. Paradoxically, however, he is about 98% scientist, and not a chimpanzee.

This lecture was held on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame. This event included a theological response, given by Robert Song, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University (UK) and Thomas Tweed, Harold and Martha Welch Professor of American Studies, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of American Studies at Notre Dame. This lecture was made possible in part by support from the John Templeton Foundation and the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.