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Science on Tap



February 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Cache Venue
119 S Main Street
Logan, UT 84321 United States
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(435) 770-5156

Come for an educational night and enjoy some of our Drafts on Tap. Entry is free. Full service bar. Food will also be available. Doors open at 6 PM. Speakers at 7-8 PM. Live Music starts at 8 PM. Must be 21+

The first speaker is Judson Byrd Finley.
Assoc. Professor, Anthropology at Utah State University

How Drought Impacted Ancient Fremont Farmers: Insights Into Utah’s Variable Climate
He says, “Farming began nearly 2,000 years ago in northern Utah’s Uinta Basin at the northern limits of maize agriculture in western North America. But farming in Utah has always been a tenuous occupation conditioned largely by highly variable annual precipitation delivered on decadal time scales. Our work explores the conditions under which maize agriculture became possible, if not necessary, and also under which Fremont societies developed into the widely recognized phenomenon we know so well in Utah’s archaeological record. Northern Utah’s 2,000-year record of droughts has real implications for the shape of future climatic conditions and their impact on the sustainability of modern farming communities.”

The second speaker will be Dr. Jacob Freeman.

Dr. Jacob Freeman is an anthropologist at Utah State University. He studies the stability and transformation of human societies from small groups to large empires. He currently co-leads a collaboration of international scholars called People 3K. People 3K brings together archaeologists, paleoecologists, and biologists to study the causes and consequences of rapid human population growth, including political and economic collapse, over the last 3,000 years. His lab’s work has been published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature and explores the nature of human cooperation, population growth and social-political collapse in diverse social and ecological settings.

He will be teaching about, A buried empire and its lessons for sustainable societies today.
Dr. Jacob freeman places the historical narrative of the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, the transformation of the Republic into the Roman Empire and the collapse of the Roman Empire into a general theory of state growth and political collapse. The lecture proposes that we can understand the causal processes that led to the transformation of Roman political and economic life and use these insights to understand our own society in new ways.