Portland State archaeology talk focuses on a changing Arctic and human environmental impacts

It may be Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 6 and 7, 2016), but after the game is over, if you have a hankering for something science-y, you might want to head over to Portland State University for a Sunday night archaeology talk.

Tom McGovern — an anthropology professor with the City University of New York’s Hunter College and an expert on the archaeology of Iceland, historical ecology and human ecodynamics — will present “The Anthropocene in the North: Prospects, Potentials and Threats” from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7.

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McGovern will discuss the Anthropocene, a time period in which human activities began impacting our planet; climate change-related challenges; smaller scale environmental problems; and how archaeology can provide insights and useful models for understanding how humans adapt to environmental crises in terms of shifting cultures and resource strategies.

McGovern’s talk will be held in Room 1 of PSU’s Academic and Student Rec Center, 1800 S.W. Sixth Ave.

The Sunday night event is open to the public but also serves as the keynote speech for a two-day workshop on Arctic-based social science research.

For more information on the workshop, which will run Feb. 7 to 9 at PSU, visit the workshop page on the website for Arctic Horizons, a project aimed at reassessing the goals and needs of diverse Arctic communities in a region rapidly changing due to climate change. It’s also connected to the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Social Sciences Program, a major funder of U.S.-based social science research in the region.

For questions about McGovern’s talk, try the “Contact Us” form on Arctic Horizons’ website.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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