Making Things Meaningful in the Ice Age

April 11, 2017

Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, USA


The arts provide a key avenue of insight into ancient human behavior and symbolic evolution. In this lecture we will review some of the evidence and analysis of how our ancestors of the later Ice Age used the material and visual world to create meanings, to develop and solidify social relationships, and to become “effective world settlers.” The scope of what we call “Paleolithic art” will be a focus because it is such a well-preserved collection of material and so many new and exciting ways of studying it have developed over the past years.

Event Details

This program is FREE and open to the public. Advanced registration recommended, ticket link below. Program begins at 6 p.m, doors open at 5 pm. Can’t make it live? Program will be recorded and will be available on our YouTube channel, C2ST TV.

COVER IMAGE: The Laussel Venus or “Venus with Horn” is a limestone sculpture dating from 25,000 B.C.E. in the Dordogne region of France.