Ref. No. 113
||Mar. 13, 2002
||Distinguished anthropologist to lecture at Memorial University
Note to editors:
Dr. Pamela Willoughby, associate professor of anthropology at the
University of Alberta, will host this year's Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture.
Her presentation, The Great Rift Valley: East African Evidence for our
Remote Past will focus on the fossil evidence for human evolution that
comes from East Africa and examine its unexpected contribution to the
origin of our own species. The lecture will be held in the Health Sciences
Auditorium, located on the main floor of the Health Sciences Centre, on
Monday, March 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Parking
is available in Lot 9 on the east side of the Health Sciences Centre. A
reception will follow.
Dr. Pamela Willoughby is an associate professor of anthropology at the
University of Alberta. A native of Kingston, Ontario, she received a BA
(Hons.) from Trent University, a MA from the University of Alberta and a
PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles, all in
anthropology. She is a Palaeolithic archaeologist and palaeoanthropologist,
someone who researches human biocultural evolution. She has participated in
archaeological excavations in Canada, France, Algeria and Egypt and has
travelled extensively in East and South Africa.
Since 1989, she has been directing an archaeological field project in the
Albertine or Western Rift of Tanzania, investigating the biological and
cultural origins of the human species,
Homo sapiens. At the University of Alberta she teaches courses on human
variation (race and ethnicity), Palaeolithic archaeology, human
palaeontology, stone tools analysis, and archaeological methods and theory.
She is currently one of 30 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers for the period
2001 to 2003. Her many professional affiliations include the Society for
American Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, and the
Society of Africanist Archaeologists, for whom she has been since 1994, the
editor of Nyame Akuma, a bulletin on current research.
Dr. Willoughby's lecture will focus on East Africa, which has long been a
source of information about human origins. The geology of the East African
Rift Valley has led to the preservation of the world's earliest human
fossils and archaeological sites. The Eastern branch contains a wealth of
information of palaeoanthropological evidence from the last six million
years, which has been the subject of debate since the first really ancient
human fossil was discovered there in 1959. This lecture discusses the
fossil evidence for human evolution that comes from East Africa, how its
interpretation has changed over the last two decades, and its unexpected
contribution to the origins of our own species, Homo sapiens.
For more information please contact Dr. Grant Gardner, associate dean,
Faculty of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, at (709) 737-8155
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.