The Bata Shoe Museum is excited to welcome Dr. Richard Leakey for a conversation and Q+A with Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack. One of the world’s most influential paleoanthropologists and a name familiar to anyone intrigued by humanity’s first steps, Dr. Leakey will share stories and insights on his pioneering work and significant fossil discoveries. Join us and be fascinated by ‘how we became human’.

A reception will follow the talk. Guests can also view the exhibitions, including the popular travelling exhibition Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, on view until January 6, 2019.

Dr. Leakey is Chair of Stony Brook University’s Turkana Basin Institute. As the Director of the National Museums of Kenya, he was integral in coordinating expeditions to the eastern and western shores of lake Turkana. Many important finds were made, including the extraordinary discovery of the nearly complete 1.6 million year old skeleton of Turkana Boy, a homo erectus youth. Devoted to the preservation of Kenya’s wildlife and sanctuaries, Dr. Leakey headed the Kenyan wildlife service and founded the NGO WildlifeDirect. His books include The Origin of Humankind and The Sixth Extinction: patterns of life and the future of mankind.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 7pm

Tickets include lecture and a reception immediately following.

Purchase your tickets online below or by calling 416-979-7799 x 445

General Public – $40.00


Friends of the BSM – $20.00


Students – $20.00 (you will be asked to show a valid student ID at the event in order to redeem your student tickets)