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Anthropology Writers Present Talk at UW March 25

March 23, 2009
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Anthropologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear will discuss their work Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Room 302 of the UW Classroom Building. (UW Photo)

Thermopolis anthropologists Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear will discuss their work Wednesday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in Room 302 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

The free public event is sponsored by UW's George C. Frison Institute, Department of Anthropology and the MFA Program in Creative Writing. A book signing follows the talk and a reception is scheduled in the Anthropology Building atrium, located at 12th and Lewis Streets.

Best-selling authors and award-winning archaeologists, the Gears and are known for their novels about North American prehistory, a series that melds the latest archaeological findings with sweeping dramatic narratives and Native American traditions.

Their "North America's Forgotten Past" series educates readers about the continent's more than 15,000 years of prehistory and brings to life its natural and cultural heritage. Their most recent novel in the series, "People of the Thunder," was published in January.

Publisher's Weekly said the Gear's book, "blended with the carefully drawn suspense of court intrigues, colorful characters and sharp plot twists, this is a terrific tale."

W. Michael Gear has an M.S. in anthropology from Colorado State University, and has worked for 20 years as a professional archaeologist in the western United States. Kathleen O'Neal Gear has a master's degree in history from California State University and studied for her Ph.D. at UCLA. She received two special achievement awards from the Department of the Interior for work as an archaeologist in the Bureau of Land Management. Both Michael and Kathleen are principal investigators for Wind River Archaeological Consultants, a cultural resource firm in the Rocky Mountain region.

As archaeologists and novelists they have appeared on CNN and NPR and have been featured on "Greenroom" on PBS and also various local network features.

The MFA writing program each semester sponsors the Visiting Writers Series that brings distinguished writers and emerging new voices to Wyoming. Recent guests have included James Salter, Evie Shockley, Manuel Munoz, Neela Vaswani and Chris Bachelder.

For more information the Gears' presentation, contact Willa Mullen at (307) 766-6920 or e-mail

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009

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