University of Tennessee
Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE BELIEVING NEANDERTAL: A Conversation on Evolution, Faith and Human Uniqueness

February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm
University Center Auditorium

About the Presenters
Distinguished Professor and T. B. Walker Chair of Biology at Westmont College

Jeffrey P. Schloss is Distinguished Professor and T. B. Walker Chair of Biology at Westmont College. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Wheaton College and doctoral training in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from University of Michigan and Washington University. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, Wheaton College, and the Global Stewardship Study Program. He has been a Danforth Fellow, a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, and a Plummer Fellow at Oxford University. He writes and speaks widely on the interdisciplinary implications of evolutionary approaches to altruism and morality.

Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

Dr. Andrew Kramer is a Professor of Anthropology and the Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Kramer earned his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kramer specializes in Biological Anthropology, specifically Paleoanthropology, species recognition in fossils, and reconstructing human evolution.  His research has taken him around the world: from West Java, Indonesia, to Africa where he oversaw paleoanthropological, archaeological and geological fieldwork at various sites.

His research interest centers around the issue of human origins, specifically addressing the questions of: When did humans split from the common ancestor we share with the apes?  Where and how did modern humans first evolve?  How can an extinct species, often represented only by fragmentary bones and teeth, be recognized in the fossil record?

History at University of Tennessee

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at the University of Tennessee welcomed Marla Frederick, from Harvard University, to discuss church, justice and American life with UTK Professor Mark Hulsether, at "We've Come This Far By Faith".