Portland State University's Anthropology Department and the Anthropology Student Association present
Archaeology First Thursdays
Science, the Media, and Interpretations of Upper Paleolithic Figurines
presented by Dr. Melanie Lee Chang, University of Victoria
Thursday, March 6, 4 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union 236
Portland State University
This event is free and open to the public
About the lecture
Archaeological discoveries from the Paleolithic receive widespread popular press coverage. The public is fascinated by human evolution, and the mass media commonly presents related "Paleo" news to attract the maximum readership. Researchers benefit from such coverage. However, sensationalist language becomes problematic when placed in a scientific context. When researchers use the language of popular media, they validate it. The echo chamber expands to include scientists in other fields, who may unquestioningly apply such facile interpretations in their own research in order to "naturalize" and legitimize modern biases.