World on the Move Series

The Weber County Library System and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences present:

World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration

This series is part is a a traveling exhibition offered through a partnership between the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

The exhibit is located at the Weber County Library- Southwest Branch (Roy) Nov. 9 - Dec. 6, 2023. In conjunction with the exhibit, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Weber State University will offer the following events, which are free and open to the public.


Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. - Weber County Library- Main Branch (Ogden)
The Peopling of the Americas

Dr. Madeline Mackie, WSU Anthropology Program

How and when did people first come to the American continents? We will talk about recent archaeological discoveries and understandings for when and how the first populations came to this continent and why this discussion has been so controversial. 

Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. - WSU Main Campus- Haven J. Barlow Lecture Hall (Lindquist Hall 101)
Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Dr. Chris Merritt, WSU Anthropology Program / Utah State Historic Preservation Office

Archaeological and historical efforts in Utah with partnership of the descendant community are uncovering new information about the lives and contributions of Chinese railroad workers to the construction and maintenance of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad.

This event is part of the Weber Historical Society Lecture Series.

Wednesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. - Weber Country Library- Pleasant Valley Branch
Foreign Policy, Refugees and Immigration

Dr. Janicke Stramer-Smith & Dr. Stephanie Wolfe, WSU Political Science Program; Dr. Jennifer Gnagey, WSU Department of Economics

The history of refugee policy and an international snapshot of the world today; followed by a discussion on how U.S. foreign policy and US engagement in the world has an effect on the rising number of refugees, and concluding with how this impacts Ogden and our local refugee community today.

Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. - WSU Main Campus- Lindquist Hall 280
Out of Africa: Early Modern Human Migration

Dr. Joanna Gautney, WSU Anthropology Program

People have been migrating since the beginning of human history. Though humans live and thrive in nearly every part of the globe today, we can trace our origins to the grasslands of Africa.  How and when did we begin to venture out of Africa?  What happened when humans met other species such as Homo erectus and the Neandertals? How did we adapt to such dramatically different environments?  While migration patterns and processes may change, movement is a fundamental part of what it means to be human. 

Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. - Weber County Library- Pleasant Valley Branch
Climate Change and Human Migration

Dr. Daniel Bedford, WSU Department of Geography, Environment & Sustainability; Dr. Mark Stevenson, WSU Anthropology Program

Climate change is already with us. It's real, serious, and caused by humans, and it is already in the process of shifting the map of places on Earth that are climatically tolerable for people to live in. Human migration on an epic scale could be the result.