Life Sciences Seminar Series
|Name:||R. Dale Guthrie|
|Affiliation:||Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks|
|Title:||The Nature of Paleolithic Art|
|Date:||Friday, 24 February 2006|
|Location:||Elvey Auditorium, 214 Elvey Building|
Abstract:The cave paintings and other preserved remnants of Paleolithic peoples shed light on a world little known to us, one so deeply embedded in time that information about it seems unrecoverable. While art historians have wrestled with these images and objects, very few scientists have weighed in on Paleolithic art as artifacts of a complex, living society. R. Dale Guthrie is one of the first to do so, and his monumental volume The Nature of Paleolithic Art is a landmark study that will change the shape of our understanding of these marvelous images.
With a natural historian's keen eye for observation, and as one who has spent a lifetime using bones and other excavated materials to piece together past human behavior and environments, Guthrie demonstrates that Paleolithic art is a mode of expression we can comprehend to a remarkable degree and that the perspective of natural history is integral to that comprehension. He employs a mix of ethology, evolutionary biology, and human universals to access these distant cultures and their art and artifacts. Guthrie uses innovative forensic techniques to reveal new information; estimating, for example, the ages and sexes of some of the artists, he establishes that Paleolithic art was not just the creation of male shamans.
With more than 3,000 images, The Nature of Paleolithic Art offers the most comprehensive representation of Paleolithic art ever published and a radical (and controversial) new way of interpreting it. The variety and content of these images?most of which have never been available or easily accessible to nonspecialists or even researchers?will astonish you. This wonderfully written work of natural history, of observation and evidence, tells the great story of our deepest past.
About the Speaker:R. Dale Guthrie is a natural historian, sculptor, paleobiologist, and hunter. He is also a professor emeritus at the Institute of Arctic Biology at UAF. Numerous sabbatical and year-long award leaves have supported extensive time in Africa, Australia, Europe, and Siberia. His previous book, "Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe: The Story of Blue Babe" was awarded the national Kirk Bryan Award in Research Excellence. Guthrie has received the German Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and a visiting fellow award at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. Guthrie received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1963.
Browse Life Sciences SeminarsThe fall 2014 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Tamara Harms and Robert "Trey" Coker. The staff coordinator is Marie Thoms. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years.
**Sept-Oct 2014: Problems with the university recording system have delayed the posting of seminar recordings. We hope to have this fixed by the end of October.Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.
- 9/2/05 (Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant)
- 9/9/05 (Kevin McCracken)
- 9/16/05 (Patricia Doak)
- 9/23/05 (Steve Carpenter)
- 9/30/05 (Christa Mulder)
- 10/7/05 (Raul Caetano)
- 10/14/05 (Jeremy (Jay) Jones)
- 10/21/05 (Matthew (Matt) Olson)
- 10/28/05 (Donald (Skip) Walker)
- 11/4/05 (Mark Roth)
- 11/11/05 (Julien Naylor, MD, MPH, CDE)
- 11/18/05 (Sandra Ewald)
- 12/2/05 (Lee Taylor)
- 12/9/05 (Perry Barboza)
- 1/20/06 (Mary Stenzel-Poore)
- 1/27/06 (John S. Richardson)
- 2/3/06 (Andre R. Breton)
- 2/10/06 (Curtis Smith)
- 2/17/06 (Trina Robert)
- 2/24/06 (R. Dale Guthrie)
- 3/3/06 (David R. Klein)
- 3/10/06 (Gary F. McCracken)
- 3/24/06 (Katherine Parker)
- 3/31/06 (Nick Hughes)
- 4/7/06 (Dr. Cliff Dahm)
- 4/14/06 (There is no seminar today)
- 4/21/06 (Bill Link)
- 4/28/06 (William Summers)
- 5/5/06 (Dr. Blair Wolf)