Fitting Archaeology into a Multidisciplinary Grand Challenge Program: “Planet Texas 2050”

Friday, March 2 2018 3:30 pm

UWM Mitchell Hall 158

Joint Colloquium, UWM Departments of Anthropology, Art History, and Classics (FLL)

Adam Rabinowitz, Associate Professor of Classics & Assistant Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology University of Texas-Austin
“Fitting Archaeology into a Multidisciplinary Grand Challenge Program: ‘Planet Texas 2050′”

Friday, March 2, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
UWM Mitchell Hall Room 158

Planet Texas 2050 is the first “theme” to be launched under the “Bridging Barriers” grand challenge initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. Each theme addresses a challenge that UT Austin is uniquely positioned to confront, with impact both within the state of Texas and beyond. In this colloquium, we will explore the role of interdisciplinary research into past societies within a larger research project that is otherwise primarily focused on building resiliency to rapid urbanization and extreme weather in Texas in the present and the future. We will pay particular attention to the opportunities and challenges involved with the integration of digital data from a variety of heterogeneous –and sometimes incommensurate –sources.

Professor Rabinowitz studies Greek colonization, cultural interaction, ancient food and drink, archaeology of daily life, and digital approaches to archaeology. He has also several digital humanities projects about the Classical past funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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