Upcoming Lectures

Join us for our lectures! All lectures are free and open to the public.  We welcome public participation. Snacks and refreshments are provided.

 


 

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Spencer R. Pelton – University of Wyoming

A Thermoregulatory Perspective on Global Human Dispersal

Global human dispersal was in many respects a thermoregulatory endeavor as we left Africa to inhabit world regions with thermal environments to which we had never before been subjected. Humans adopted new thermal technologies to facilitate this dispersal, most importantly clothing and houses, which both enabled human global dispersal and likely fundamentally altered their social life. In this presentation, I draw insights from ethnoarchaeological research of Mongolina Dukha reindeer herders and archaeological research of the Folsom archaeological record to explain the timing and nature global human dispersal. I propose a thermally-informed three-stage model for global modern human dispersal in which humans first occupied those areas in which neither houses nor clothing were needed, then reorganized their social life around the use of climate-controlled houses in northern Eurasia, and finally, having accumulated a suite of complex thermal technologies, rapidly colonized the New World. I ultimately argue that a thermoregulatory framework, although broad in its approach, can help explain human behavioral and material at large scales.


When: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Linda Scott Cummings – PaleoResearch Institute
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When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Christian Driver and Katy Waechter – City of Boulder
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When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm 
Where: CU Museum, Dinosaur Room
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Kelton Meyer – Colorado State University
TOPIC TBA