Ellen Miller to present Poteat Lecture April 9

Ellen Miller, professor of physical anthropology, will present the 2019 Poteat Lecture on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kulynych Auditorium at the Byrum Welcome Center.

Her lecture is entitled “Decoding Messages from the Past.”

Following the talk, a reception will take place in the Welcome Center’s conservatory and patio.  The lecture is free and open to all to attend.

Miller is a biological anthropologist specializing in paleoanthropology.  She works on the physical evidence for primate and human evolution, and teaches courses on human evolution, human variation and skeletal biology.

Her Poteat Lecture will focus on what the fossil record for human and primate evolution “tells us about ourselves,” Miller said.  “We will explore how these ancient discoveries are brought to life and trace the evolutionary clues that help explain who we are today.”

Named in honor of Hubert McNeill Poteat, who taught at Wake Forest from 1911 to 1956 and was widely known and respected as a Latin scholar, this lecture series is designed to recognize and celebrate the many achievements of Wake Forest faculty in research, scholarly endeavors and creative work. The annual lectures are held each spring and are alternately sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.