W105 | The Evolution of Homo Sapiens


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23 & 3/2

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Who are we humans and where did we come from?  Who came before us and where are they now? What were the critical steps by which we and our ancient ancestors evolved? When did this process begin?  Who were and are the critical players in paleoanthropology?  What are fossils; where and how are they found; what do they tell us; and how can we know for sure?  What key evolutionary questions are as yet unanswered; and what will it take to discover the answers?  Example: is there really a “missing link” and, if so, where is it?  This is a course for non-specialist beginners taught by a non-specialist beginner. All you need is curiosity.    

Recommended Reading: The Sediments of Time, Maeve & Samira Leakey. [Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020]

Stacy Wallach, Swarthmore College (’65), B.A. degree magna cum laude, history, political science, economics; U. of PA Law School (’68), LL.B.; law clerk to Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court trial judge, NY, NY. Wallach joined a NYC law firm as a business trial lawyer, ultimately becoming partner in charge of its litigation department and, 20 years later, became a senior executive of a NYC commercial real estate services firm. After raising two children in Chappaqua, NY where he and his wife lived for almost 30 years, Wallach retired at the end of 2006 and moved to the Berkshires. For the last 15 years, he taught real estate courses at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University in White Plains, NY, retiring in 2020. 

Course Syllabus: Course Syllabus.docx

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