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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

Excavating Academia: The Pedagogical Value of Archaeology for the 21st-Century University

Concordia University

Dr. Ian Straugnh
Lecturer at UC Irvine

Most undergraduate students don’t take an archaeology course, let alone decide to major in an archaeological program, thinking it will pave the way to saving the world, solving global problems, or landing a lucrative career. Indeed, they are probably correct. In teaching archaeology, particularly at the undergraduate level,
Dr. Straughn's goal has not been to convince them otherwise. Rather, in this talk Dr. Straughn will share an approach to archaeological pedagogy that emphasizes how the careful study of material culture, the construction of the past, and the concept of heritage in contemporary society provides students with a set of transferable skills beyond the proverbial “critical thinking” mantra. Drawing on examples from the classroom, this lecture aims to start a dialogue about archaeology’s future in the academy and its image as a dusty and peripheral discipline within American society more generally.

Additional Information for Lectures at Concordia University ...

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)