Event: Kairos: Reflections on The Dawn of Everything, and Prospects for a New History of Humanity

Date & Time

June 8, 2023 - 6:00pm
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Contact Information

Michelle Jacobson


Fowler A103B (Lenart Auditorium)

Event Type

Cotsen Public Lecture

Event Details

Archaeology and anthropology were once closely related fields of research. Today, they have drifted apart. David Wengrow reflects on his book, co-authored with David Graeber: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, which is an attempt to see what happens when you put them back together again, after a period of mutual estrangement. The results are surprising, and have significant implications across the social sciences, presenting an overall picture of human history and development that is starkly at odds with received theories and conventional wisdom.

June 8, 2023

In-person at the Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum
6pm Lecture   
7pm Reception

Online (Zoom)
6pm Lecture

Email mjacobson@ioa.ucla.edu to RSVP for the in-person lecture and reception (required) or register for Zoom here.

David Wengrow is Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL) and has been a visiting professor at New York University, the University of Auckland, and the University of Freiburg. David has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of three books including What Makes Civilization?, and co-author with David Graeber of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.