On the Edge

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. The following presentations are presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Archaeology 101: What Archaeology is and is not
September 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Strathcona Branch

Thanks to popular culture (mis)representations and frequent (sensationalized) reports in the media, archaeologists and archaeology continue to capture the public's attention. Thanks to this interest from the public, and with increased emphasis from institutions and governments for public engagement and community-based practice, archaeologists find themselves not just "doing" archaeology, but explaining what it is and justifying it as a discipline, a career, a science and a way of knowing. In this talk, Dr. Biittner will (re-)introduce some basics of archaeology in order to examine the question of what "is" archaeology and to highlight what archaeology is NOT.

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Where's the Smoke? Cannabis, your health & safety, and myths related to the detection of impairment
October 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Riverbend Branch

Please join Dr. Kathy Belton, School of Public Health, University of Alberta and Joyce McBean, Program Development Officer, RCMP "K" Division Traffic Services for a presentation on Where's the Smoke.

They will present on what everyone should know about the dark side of cannabis—from driving high to poisonings to burns. This presentation will highlight some of the little-discussed risks related to cannabis and myths related to detection of impairment. 

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Qimmit and Qamutiks: Tracing the origins of dog sledding in the North American Arctic
October 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Strathcona Branch

The dog sled is one of the most iconic images in Canadian and Arctic history, yet its origins and evolution in North America are not well understood. Dog sleds have been an essential part of life for the Inuit peoples of the Arctic for hundreds of years and were instrumental in the exploration and early settlement of the Canadian interior and Arctic regions. University of Alberta PhD student Katherine Latham will discuss the history of dog sledding and how she is using archaeological evidence to investigate its origins and evolution in North America.

Registration is now open for this FREE event.