The Stone Age Institute Presents
the 2009 Origins Symposium


Origins poster

October 2009

This is a free public event presented by the Stone Age Institute and Indiana University's CRAFT research center. All interested are welcome.

See Symposium Schedule below:


Symposium Schedule


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Michael McRobbie, President, Indiana University
Sarita Soni, Vice Provost for Research
Bennett Bertenthal, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
9:20-9:30 From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: A Framework for Teaching about Origins
9:30-9:45 The Origin of Everything: The Big Bang and its Aftershocks (Tim Londergan, Physics)
9:45-10:00 The Origin of Stars and Galaxies (Catherine Pilachowski, Astronomy)
10:00-10:15 The Origin of the Earth and our Solar System, and What Meteorites Can Tell Us (Abhijit Basu, Geology)
10:15-10:30 Question & Answer
10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45-11:00 The Origin of Life on Earth (and Beyond?) (Lisa Pratt, Geology)
11:00-11:15 The Origin of Animals and the Cambrian Explosion (Rudolf Raff, Biology)
11:15-11:30 The Origin of Invertebrates and What Corals Can Tell Us (Claudia Johnson, Geology)
11:30-11:45 The Origin of Vertebrates and the Age of Mammals (David Polly, Geology)
11:45-12:00 Question & Answer
12:00-1:30 LUNCH BREAK


1:30-1:45 Planet of the Apes Monkeys (Kevin Hunt, Anthropology)
1:45-2:00 The Origin of the Genus Homo and the Dawn of Technology (Nicholas Toth, Anthropology)
2:00-2:15 The Origin of the Modern Human Brain and Consciousness (P. Thomas Schoenemann, Anthropology)

Question & Answer
2:30-2:45 BREAK
2:45-3:00 The Origin of Creativity and Symbolic Thought (Kathy Schick, Anthropology)
3:00-3:15 The Origin of Modern Life: Foraging, Farming, and Civilization (Geoffrey Conrad, Anthropology)
3:15-3:30 Origins, Evolution and Being Human in the Modern World (Elizabeth Raff, Biology)
3:30-4:00 Question & Answer and Final Remarks