"Humans through Deep Time: Archaeology and the Pace of Change" was the title of a two-day symposium organized by the Department of Anthropology and held in the Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Center, March 13–14, 2008.
Papers were organized around four main topics—the Pace of Human Dispersals, Technology and Cognition, Landscapes of Time, and Narratives of Time. The program included seven papers presented by distinguished scholars from other universities in the U.S. and Europe, four by faculty members of the University of Minnesota, and a keynote lecture by David Freidel of Southern Methodist University on “ThePace and Direction of Change in Lowland Maya Civilization." Discussions facilitated by University of Minnesota faculty members provided opportunities for both symposium participants and members of the audience to exchange ideas about different aspects of our understanding of time and its role in human affairs. The symposium was organized by a planning committee made up of John Soderberg, Martha Tappen, Gil Tostevin, and Peter Wells, with advice and support from Bill Beeman. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Art History, the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, the Department of Geology, the Institute for Global Studies, and the Quaternary Paleoecology Minor.