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James Mallory
James Mallory

UTSA hosts lecture series on European linguistics

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 27, 2006)--The UTSA Department of English, Classics and Philosophy will welcome Professor James Mallory of Queens University, Belfast, for a series of linguistic history lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Dec. 1. The events are free and open to the public.

A world-renowned scholar in the field of Indo-European studies, Mallory will speak as part of the UTSA Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture series.

At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Main Building Room 0.104 at the 1604 Campus, Mallory will speak on "The Linguistic Prehistory of Europe: An Archeological Perspective." A reception will follow the event.

At 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 in the John Peace Library Building Assembly Room (4.03.08) on the 1604 Campus, Mallory will continue his lecture series with "The Archaeology of Early Irish Literature."

Mallory is professor of prehistoric archaeology and director of research of past cultural change in the Department of Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen's University, Belfast. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Indo-European studies with a focus on European archaeology at UCLA and a B.A. degree in history from Occidental College.

A former senior research fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, he has been at Queen's University since 1980. Mallory's research centers on the neolithic and early bronze ages of Europe, particularly in the steppe area north of the Black Sea, where he argues that the Indo-Europeans originated.

Author of numerous books and other scholarly works, Mallory is best known for his comprehensive book exploring the language, archaeology and myth of the Indo-Europeans, "In Search of the Indo-Europeans," as well as "Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture," co-edited with Douglas Q. Adams.

With Victor Mair, Mallory recently published an important contribution to the study of ancient migrations across eastern and western Eurasia, "The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West."

For more information, contact the Department Office of English, Classics and Philosophy at (210) 458-4374.

The Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professorship is made possible by a generous endowment gift from the George W. Brackenridge Foundation.

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