Kentucky Center for African American Heritage presents GriotSpeaks Series
From Mother Nature to Human Nature, Part 1
A two-part lecture series by Dr. John Chenault.
Dr. Chenault is an associate professor of medicine and the director of anti-racism initiatives for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
In Part One of his two-part lecture series, Dr. Chenault will take his audience on a deep dive into the Deep Time of human prehistory to investigate a set of fundamental questions about our origins and development as a species—
What are we?
Who are we?
When we are?
Where are we?
Attendees specifically will learn about recent scientific discoveries that have radically altered our understanding of human evolution. These new studies also provide new tools and concepts with which to interpret and examine the critical role of nature and the natural world in shaping our bodies, minds identities, and cultures. Of equal importance, they enable us to “think outside the box” to overcome and transcend our current concepts and beliefs about race, sex, and gender that contribute to social injustices and inequities.
This talk will place these ideas within a historical framework to show they are neither fixed nor permanent, but the direct results of historical conditions and social circumstances that change over time and that can be changed through our own agency, ingenuity, and inventiveness.