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Sept. 20, 2006
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EMU hosts Hesburgh Lecture entitled "The Rest is History: All 0.1% of it!"

YPSILANTI — Dr. James Bellis, an associate professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, will be present the lecture "The Rest Is History: All 0.1% of It!" Monday, Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m. at the Halle Library Auditorium. The event is free an open to the public.

“Our earliest known ancestors lived more than 4,000,000 years ago in Africa. It is staggering to realize that of this vast amount of time on earth, we lived the first 3,995,000+ years without writing, or cities, or many of the other characteristics most humans share today. As they say, the rest is history, all 0.1% of it. It is the contention of this lecture that this long neglected 99.9% has much to contribute to our understanding, and perhaps solutions for some of the world's most pressing modern problems,” writes Bellis.

Bellis has been on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame since 1970. His research specialization is the art history and archaeology of West Africa.

After teaching human evolution for three decades, he has noticed some interesting patterns in certain preconceptions that students have already developed when they arrive at the University. His topics explore some of the patterns of understanding and misunderstanding that exist in our culture at large, and how they are present in the pop culture of the Notre Dame student body.

The event is the Hesburgh Lecture Series and is being organized by EMU’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology and the anthropology department at University of Michigan.


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