News for Thursday, December 1, 2016

1988-1989 Weatherhead Fellow, Robert L. Kelly, and 2015 Ethel Jane Westfeldt-Bunting Summer Fellow, Liam Brady, Publish New Books

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Liam Brady, 2015 SAR Summer Scholar

Liam Brady

Liam Brady, 2015 SAR Summer Scholar

1988-1989 Weatherhead Fellow, Robert L. Kelly, and 2015 Ethel Jane Westfeldt-Bunting Summer Fellow, Liam Brady, Publish New Books

Dr. Robert L. Kelly, Professor or Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, recently published a new book titled The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about Our Future, University of California Press (2016).

In The Fifth Beginning, Kelly identifies four key pivot points in the six-million-year history of human development and then looks ahead at a fifth beginning; one that places humans in the larger context of a five-thousand-year arms race, capitalism’s global reach, and the cultural effects of a worldwide communication network. He predicts that this fifth beginning will include the end of war as a viable way to resolve disputes, the end of capitalism as we know it, the widespread shift toward world citizenship, and the rise of forms of cooperation that will end the near-sacred status of nation-states.

To hear an interview with Dr. Kelly on Wyoming Public Media, click here.

Dr. Liam Brady, Senior Lecturer, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University, Australia, served as co-editor with Paul S.C. Taçon on Relating to Rock Art in the Contemporary World: Navigating Symbolism, Meaning and Signifigance (University of Colorado Press, 2016). Dr. Brady spent his summer in 2016 at SAR completing the book while working on other projects.

In Relating to Rock Art in the Contemporary World, leading scholars from around the globe explore rock art’s significance in more than simply archaeological study. They examine the myriad ways that symbolism, meaning, and significance in rock art are being renegotiated in various geographical and cultural settings, from Australia to the British Isles.

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