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The Norwegian archeologist and writer, Thor Heyerdahl, is recognized as one of the great explorers of the 20th century. His bold expeditions, including the famous "Kon-Tiki" experiment, often caused controversy within the scientific community, and his books inspired a sense of adventure for millions of readers. This lecture will provide an overview of the life of this amazing individual who was a daring creative thinker, global citizen, and environmental activist.
Donald P Ryan, Ph.D. is an archaeologist and Faculty Fellow in the Division of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. For several years, Ryan worked closely with world-renowned Norwegian explorer, the late Thor Heyerdahl, whose open-minded approach to the topic of early human use of the ocean was a hallmark of his remarkable research. He is a Research Associate at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, and a Fellow of both The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society.
Sponsored by UM’s Dept. of Anthropology and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
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