Donnel Foster Hewett Speakers

Our Speakers

2019 D. Foster Hewett Lecture Series

Ted Goebel, Texas A&M. Ted’s research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Through his career he has worked on Paleolithic and Paleoindian sites in remote areas of Russia (interior Siberia, Kamchatka and Chukotka), Alaska, and the intermountain west of North America (Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho).  He currently directs field-based archaeological projects in Alaska and the Great Basin. In Alaska, his team’s research focuses on explaining variability in human technologies of Pleistocene Beringians.


Jennifer Raff, University of Kansas.  Jennifer’s research focuses on genomics, population genetics, ancient DNA, anthropological genetics, human evolution and population history, migration, bioarchaeology, and scientific literacy. She works extensively on these problems in North America, and the Arctic.  She was named one of “8 Awesome Anthropologists Advancing Public Outreach” by Forbes in 2016.


Bruce Huckell, University of New Mexico.  Bruce has broad interests in Quaternary paleoecology and geoarcheology of the first Americans. He is a leading expert on the lithic techonologies of Clovis and related cultures with a specific geographic focus in the American southwest. 


Jessi Halligan, Florida State.  Jessi specializes in geoarchaeology and underwater archaeology. She is an anthropologically-trained archaeologist with a focus upon the initial peopling of the Americas through my active research program in submerged Paleoindian sites in Florida. This focus leads to complementary foci in hunter-gatherer societies, geoarchaeology, sea level rise and submerged landscape studies, including underwater field methods. Her research includes underwater survey and excavation, terrestrial survey, coring, sediment analysis, and a bit of remote sensing.
Contact Prof. Frank Pazzaglia (, 610-758-3667) for additional details or answers to questions.