Schedule Announced for 44th Nobel Conference

Posted on August 12th, 2008 by

The schedule for the 44th Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College on October 7-8 has been announced. The title of this year’s conference is Who Were The First Humans?

This year’s cast of expert speakers will discuss and present findings that help to answer questions such as who were the first humans, where they came from, and how they lived.

Please note that all events take place in the Lund Center Arena unless otherwise noted. The schedule, which can also be found online at, is as follows:

    Tuesday, Oct. 7

  • 8:30 a.m. Doors Open
  • 9:30 a.m. Academic Procession and Opening Ceremony
  • 10 a.m. First Lecture: Curtis Marean, paleoanthropologist and professor at the Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • 11 a.m. Q & A Session
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
  • 1 p.m. Second Lecture: Svante Paabo, leading authority on paleogenetics and directory of Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2 p.m. Q & A Session
  • 3 p.m. Third Lecture: Marcus Feldman, mathematical biologist and director of Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies, Stanford University, Calif.
  • 4 p.m. Q & A Session
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Nobel Conference Buffet (Evelyn Young Dining Room)
  • 6 p.m. Art at the Nobel Conference (Hillstrom Museum of Art)
  • 6:30 p.m. Peopling of Minnesota Forum (Lund Center Arena and Alumni Hall)
  • 8 p.m. Music at the Nobel Conference (Christ Chapel)

    Wednesday, Oct. 8

  • 8:30 a.m. Doors Open
  • 10 a.m. Fourth Lecture: Dennis Stanford, archaeologist and division head at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 11 a.m. Q & A Session
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
  • 1 p.m. Fifth Lecture: Robin Dunbar, evolutionary anthropologist and director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2 p.m. Q & A Session
  • 3 p.m. Sixth Lecture: J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, theologian and endowed professor of Theology and Science, Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J.
  • 4 p.m. Q & A Session
  • 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

More information about the Nobel Conference, including biographies for this year’s speakers, and ticket information can be found online at Any questions about the conference can be directed to the Office of College Relations at 507-933-7520.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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