Homecoming 'Huddle' looks at climate change, end of Anasazi

October 11, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- Before heading to Beaver Stadium for the Homecoming game Oct. 13, alumni and friends can learn about the climate changes that caused the downfall of the Anasazi civilization during the "Huddle with the Faculty" lecture series beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn.

Dean Snow, Penn State professor of anthropology and president of the Society for American Archaeology, will lecture on "Climate Change Deja vu: The Lessons of Southwest Archaeology," beginning at 10 a.m. Snow will discuss the changes that brought about the fall of the Ancestral Pueblos, often referred to as the Anasazi, and the possible lessons for today's climate change phenomena. Recent evidence found by archaeologists suggests that the flourishing Ancient Puebloan culture was affected by deforestation and drought caused by dramatic climate change.

"Huddle with the Faculty" is in its 15th season of presenting thought-provoking lectures by Penn State faculty each Saturday morning of a home football game. The rest of the "Huddle" schedule is:

-- Oct. 27: "Penn State Sports Medicine: Never a Dull Moment" with Wayne Sebastianelli, Kalenak professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation and director of Athletic Medicine; followed by a tour of Penn State's new physical therapy and rehabilitation center; 10 a.m. start.

-- Nov. 3: "The Future of Bioethics: From the Microscope to the Macroscopic" with Jonathan H. Marks, associate professor of bioethics, humanities and law, and director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program at University Park; start time to be announced.

Each "Huddle with the Faculty" also features a complimentary continental breakfast beginning one-half hour before the lecture start time and free parking at the Nittany Parking Deck, adjacent to The Nittany Lion Inn.

"Huddle with the Faculty" is sponsored and organized by the Penn State Alumni Association and co-sponsored by The Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Bookstore and Penn State Press. For more detailed descriptions of each "Huddle with the Faculty" and specific start times, go to http://www.alumni.psu.edu/events/ or call the Alumni Association at (800) 548-LION.

The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 159,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. "Huddle with the Faculty" is just one of hundreds of annual events and programs, organized by the Penn State Alumni Association, designed to inform, involve and inspire Penn State alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to http://www.alumni.psu.edu online.

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