The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Partnerships, Professor Rob Moore, is hosting two public lectures under the theme The Origin of the Khoesan ("Bushmen"). Professor Alan Morris will give a lecture on Ancient bones, geographic isolation and the shaping of the Khoesan. Morris is an anatomist based at the University of Cape Town, and obtained his PhD under the supervision of the late Professor Phillip Tobias. His interests include the study of the Hofmeyr Skull which is 37,000 years old from a site in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is one of the very few "anatomically modern" human skulls discovered in Africa south of Ethiopia and older than 20,000 years.
Professor Himla Soodyall will give a lecture on The place of the Khoe and San in human history. Soodyall is a geneticist associated with the Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, and is also associated with the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). As a participant of the international Genographic Project, she is the Principal Investigator for the Sub-Saharan Africa region.