Chattanooga: An Evening with Dr. Jan Simek

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Join the Chattanooga Region UT Alumni Network as we welcome Dr. Jan Simek, who will present "On the Backs of Serpents: Prehistoric Cave Art in the Eastern Woodlands of North America." This illustrated lecture discusses discoveries of prehistoric cave art made in the Southeast region over the past 25 years and places this remarkable body of ancient artwork into chronological and cultural context.

Monday, May 5
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.
Networking: 7:00 p.m.

UC Auditorium
University Center
642 E. 5th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

How Much?

Please RSVP by April 30

RSVP by sending your name and the names of any guests to Pat McBee at or (865) 974-2115.

About Dr. Jan Simek

An anthropologist with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr. Jan Simek has been at the University of Tennessee since 1984.

Throughout his career, he has focused on ancient human use of caves for habitation, exploration, and religion. Since 1976, he has worked in southern France studying the relationships between Neanderthals and Modern Homo sapiens. For 18 years, he co-directed extensive excavations in the Grotte XVI, a cave with four meters of stratified deposits spanning 100,000 years of human occupation. In 1995, Dr. Simek became interested in prehistoric cave use in Tennessee and the South, and since then he has documented more than 50 prehistoric cave art sites in the region, representing the first cave art tradition ever discovered in North America. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of France, the National Geographic Society, and the Leakey Foundation.

At the University of Tennessee, Dr. Simek has served as Head of the Anthropology Department, Interim Director of the School of Art, Interim Dean of the College of Architecture and Design, and Interim Chancellor of the Knoxville campus. From 2009-2011, he served as the 24th President of the University of Tennessee, and was named President Emeritus by the Board of Trustees when he stepped down from that position. In 2001, Dr. Simek was named Distinguished Professor of Science in the UTK College of Arts and Sciences. The author of more than 100 scholarly publications, Dr. Simek was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

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