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2020 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship


Dr. Bonnie Pitblado, Professor of Anthropology and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, is the guest speaker for the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology's 21st annual Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship.  Pitblado's presentation on Paleoindian Use of the Rocky Mountains:  Higher and Earlier than You Thought!  will show that First Americans dating back to the Clovis era (an archaeological culture named for nearby Clovis, New Mexico!), intentionally used the Rocky Mountain landscape 11,000 or more years ago.  Her talk will offer reasons why the Rockies may have felt like "home" to the people who lived and died in them, reasons that harken back to the Old World that Clovis ancestors left behind.


The lecture will be given at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 in room 110 of the Eastern New Mexico University Art and Anthropology Building in Portales.  The event is free and open to the public.


For more information, call 575.562.2206 or email  enmu.anthropology@enmu.edu.




Bonnie Pitblado is Professor of Anthropology and Robert and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  She previously served as director of the anthropology program and the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University.   

Dr. Pitblado received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1999 from the University of Arizona where she received a commendation for her outstanding dissertation and defense.  She's done field work in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon and has an extensive record of publications and presentations.  She's the founder of the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network (OKPAN), which bridges Oklahoma communities that share a passion for the past..  She's currently working on a book for the Society for American Archaeology's "Current Perspectives" series titled Peopling of the Americas: Central Controversies of the 21st Century.



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 Cynthia Irwin-Williams

Born April 14, 1936 in Denver, Colorado, Cynthia Irwin-Williams developed an early interest in archaeology.  When she was only 12 and her brother Henry 14, both began working part-time at the Department of Archaeology in the Denver Museum of Natural History.  While there, they formed an association with the curator, Dr. H. Marie Wormington.  These youthful pursuits led to Cynthia's interest in the Archaic period and to professional publications on the Magic Mountain, LoDaiska, and Agate Bluff sites around Denver.

Cynthia attended college at a time when archaeology was a male-dominated field.  Yet, she graduated from Radcliffe College with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology in 1957 and 1958, respectively.  In 1963 she received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. 

Cynthia persevered and quickly made her mark as a professional, having a towering grasp over specialties ranging from archaeology to related aspects of geology, paleontology, climatology, remote sensing, desertification, and desert reclamation.  She taught anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University from 1964 to 1982 and in 1978 was awarded the Llano Estacado Center for Advanced Professional Studies and Research Distinguished Research Professorship.  Cynthia served as President of the Society for American Archaeology from 1977 to 1979, only the second woman to hold that position.  In 1982, Cynthia became executive director of the Social Science Center, Desert Research Institute of Reno, Nevada.  From 1988 until her death in 1990, she held the title of Research Professor, Quaternary Science Center, DRI.

A truly remarkable woman with over 60 publications and 30 years of professional experience, Cynthia is considered to be a role model for women who aspire to scientific careers.  This is why the students of the Eastern New Mexico University Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology have named a lectureship series in honor of Dr. Cynthia Irwin-Williams.

The Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship is held annually at Eastern New Mexico University during the spring semester.  A noted professional in the field of anthropology visits to make class presentations, meet with students, and give a public lecture in the evening.  

For more information about Cynthia Irwin-Williams, check out the article "A Passion for Fieldwork" by Tamara Stewart in the Winter 2007-2008 issue of American Archaeology


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Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology

ENMU Station 53

1500 South Avenue K

Portales, NM 88130




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