The California Academy of Sciences and Leakey Foundation present


Lecture by Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., on October 5, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2006) – We expose it, cover it, paint it, tattoo it, scar it, and pierce it. In her new book Skin: A Natural History, Dr. Nina Jablonski places the rich cultural canvas of skin within its broader biological context for the first time, and the result is a tremendously engaging look at ourselves. Jablonski begins with a look at skin’s structure and functions and then tours its three hundred million-year evolution, delving into such topics as the importance of touch and how the skin reflects and affects emotions. She examines the modern human obsession with age-related changes in skin, especially wrinkles. She then turns to skin as a canvas for self-expression, exploring our use of cosmetics, body paint, tattooing, and scarification.

This lecture takes place on Thursday, October 5 at 8 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco. Tickets cost $8 for Academy members, $10 for non-members, and $6 for students, and may be purchased by calling 415-379-8000.

Human Skin: Past, Present, and Future. Lecture by Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University . Thursday, October 5 at 8 pm. $8 Academy members, $10 non-members, $6 students; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, 94118. For tickets, call (415) 379-8000.


The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $10 for adults, $6.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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