Seabourn Conversations, Featured Speaker
Paige Madison is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University and a Fulbright researcher in Indonesia. Combining her degrees in paleoanthropology and the history of science, Madison is interested in examining the science of human origins through an interdisciplinary lens. Her research asks: How do we know what we think we know about humanity’s deep past? At Arizona State’s Institute of Human Origins, Madison works with the world’s leading anthropologists, including the team who discovered and studied the infamous “Lucy” fossils. Under their guidance, she has conducted research across Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her current Fulbright project examines a group of mysterious, tiny fossilized human-relatives recently discovered in the Indonesian archipelago.
Madison’s conversations will weave tales of her hands-on hunt for fossils together with historical sages of the explorers who have been searching for evidence of our origins for over a century. By journeying through deep underground caves and across vast deserts, tracing epic discoveries and controversies, her talks will shed light on the fascinating and ever-changing science of human evolution.