Ruth Gruhn Honoured during recent Society for American Archaeology Meetings

Dr. John W. (Jack) Ives - 26 April 2017

Emerita Professor Ruth Gruhn was honoured during the recent Society for American Archaeology meetings held in Vancouver. The Center for the Study of the First Americans (Texas A & M University) organized a session entitled "Alternative Perspectives on the Peopling of the New World: A Symposium in Honor of Ruth Gruhn, The 'First Lady' Of First Americans Studies."

The session began with presentation of a plaque to Dr. Gruhn by Mike Waters, Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, and an introduction by Jack Ives to the many contributions (from library, archaeological and ethnological collections to a graduate research scholarship) that Dr. Gruhn and her partner, the late Emeritus Professor Dr. Alan Bryan, have made to the Department of Anthropology and the University of Alberta. Then followed 13 papers by scholars working from Alaska to Argentina, touching upon North, Central and South American research themes influenced by Dr. Gruhn and Dr. Bryan's intellectual leadership. Dr. Gruhn provided a gracious summation at the end of the well-attended session.