Dr. Donald Lewis

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Out of Africa 1—Homo erectus

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ramsey Library, Whitman Room

Free and Open to the Public

The first lecture of the Fall 2017 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) season, the Curtis Holliday Memorial Lecture, will be delivered by Dr. Donald Lewis, Researcher in Paleoanthropology at Northern Illinois University, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Lewis is a recent part-time resident Asheville.

Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on the relationship between human evolution and tool making.  His talk, Out of Africa 1Homo erectus, will explore the ways in which early humans produced advances in lithic technology and how variables such as diet changes may have contributed to expanded neural capabilities and intelligence.  Dr. Lewis will provide an overview of advances in lithic technology—from Oldowan tools to the classic Acheulean hand axe, found at sites from Dmanisi, Georgia, to northern China, and throughout the Levant, all dating to 1.7 million years-old—and the relationship between these tools and human evolution. Current debates within the field will also be a focus of his talk. This will be an interesting (and interactive) talk complete with multiple skull and bone castings.

The lecture is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville's Departments of Art & Art History, and Classics, and the AIA. The second Visiting Scholar Lecture: Jack Brink of the Royal Alberta Museum, Issues and Experiments in Rock Art Conservation. November 7, 2017. 7:30 p.m. Humanities Lecture Hall.