Rieveschl Lecturer Lieberman to Discuss Evolution of Human Running

Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, will lecture at the University of Cincinnati at

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in Zimmer Auditorium as part of the George Rieveschl Jr. Geo Lecture Series.

His talk, “The Fall and Rise of Human Running (And Its Relevance to Human Health)” is hosted by the Departments of




in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.



: Professor Daniel Lieberman, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University


: “The Fall and Rise of Human Running (And Its Relevance to Human Health)”


: 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011


: Zimmer Auditorium, UC Uptown Campus

The event is free and open to the public.

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Lecture Info:

“The Fall and Rise of Human Running” will review how and why humans evolved to become superlative long-distance runners and how we ran before the invention of modern shoes. Lieberman will also explore what we can learn about running and injury from barefoot running. Following the lecture will be a welcome reception.

Speaker Bio:

Daniel E. Lieberman is a professor at Harvard University. He was educated at Harvard (AB, MA, PhD) and Cambridge University (M.Phil). His research combines experimental biology and paleontology to ask why and how the human body looks and functions the way it does. He is especially interested in the origin of bipedal walking, the biology and evolution of endurance running and the evolution of the human head. He also loves to run.

See Lieberman featured on Nature: “The Barefoot Professor”

About the lecture series:

The George Rieveschl Jr. Geo Lecture Series features interdisciplinary lectures for the physical and life sciences on earth processes and their consequences for humanity. Each lecture is sponsored by two or more disciplines from the physical and life sciences and is free to all in the university community and general public. The series is named after George Rieveschl, Jr., a UC chemistry alumnus and professor who created Benadryl.

Lieberman will also give a second lecture on Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Max Kade Center, Old Chem Room 736 on UC’s campus. The talk, “The Evolution of the Human Head,” will feature highlights from his newest book.

For more information about either lecture, contact Katherine Whitcome at 513-556-0369 or



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