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Dr. Chad Kauffman
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Posted on April 5, 2010

As part of the Meteorology/Earth Sciences Colloquia series, Dr. Brian Fagan will visit the Cal U campus April 13 and lecture during the 11 a.m. common hour in Eberly Hall, Room 110.  Fagan is the author of 46 books, including seven widely used undergraduate college texts, and a contributing editor to American Archaeology and Discover Archaeology magazines. His presentation is titled, "And on that day the earth will be burnt to ashes: An Archaeologist Looks at Climate Change."

The event is free and open to the Cal U community and the general public.  In addition to the lecture, Fagan will participate in roundtable discussions in classes throughout the day.

An emeritus professor from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Fagan earned his doctorate from Cambridge University in Great Britain. He is an archaeological generalist, with expertise in the broad issues of human prehistory.

Fagan has contributed more than 100 specialist papers to national and international journals, and formerly wrote a regular column for Archaeology Magazine. He serves on the editorial boards of six academic and general periodicals and has been an archaeological consultant for many organizations, including the National Geographic Society, Time/Life, and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Fagan has lectured extensively about archaeology and other subjects at many venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He also has appeared on television programs, such as Little Ice Age on The History Channel.

"Dr. Fagan has published a number of popular climate-related texts on archaeology, and I have used some of his texts as required readings in my Applied Climatology course," said Dr. Chad Kauffman, associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and faculty adviser to the Meteorology Club.

"This is a must-see presentation for our students and anyone with an interest in archaeology."