Kellen Gilbert, an associate professor of anthropology at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will deliver a lecture about what it means to be human at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2207 of the student union. It is free and open to the public.

Gilbert spent the past academic year on leave in Tanzania. Her lecture will draw upon her research and experience in Africa, considered the cradle of mankind, according to a news release.

The lecture will discuss life on the southern slope of Mount Kilimanjaro; wildlife; cultures such as the Massai; and places such as Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, considered one of the most important anthropological sites in the world, the release said.