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Anthropologist Robert Kelly to Give Faculty Senate Speaker Series Talk

March 28, 2011
Robert Kelly is this spring's Faculty Senate speaker.

A University of Wyoming anthropologist will explain how the next century could be the most exciting and promising time in humanity's five million year history, during the Faculty Senate Speakers' Series talk Thursday, April 7, at 4:10 p.m. in Room 129 of the UW Classroom Building.

Robert L. Kelly, head of the UW Department of Anthropology, says the next century marks the possibility that cooperation will surpass competition as the major mechanism of evolutionary change.

"Whether we make the transition the easy way or the hard way, however, is up to us," Kelly says.

In his talk, "A Prehistoric Future: Searching for Meaning in Human Antiquity," Kelly will use our understanding of the past to outline the future. He says the next century will mark a critical time for humanity.

A past president of the Society for American Archaeology and past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Kelly has written more than 100 articles, books, and reviews. Since 1973 he has worked on the archaeology, ethnology and ethnography of foraging peoples, conducting archaeological research in the western United States and ethnographic work in Madagascar. He is now researching caves and rock shelters in Wyoming's Big Horn Basin, and studying the archaeology of ice patches in Glacier National Park.

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