“The Dawn of Agriculture in the Desert West”—ASM Master Class taught by Dr. James T. Watson
University of Arizona’s Old Main, Silver and Sage Room, 1200 E. University Blvd., Tucson
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday
$200 ASM members ($80 tax deductible), $250 nonmembers
The dawn of agriculture was the singular event in human history that led our species down the short, winding path to civilization. Despite all the advantages that agriculture has provided, it has also caused countless challenges to human health, permanently altered our environments, and changed the way that humans interact. In this four-part series, you will journey back four thousand years in time with Dr. Watson to explore the arrival of maize agriculture in the Desert West and its consequences. You will learn about the ancient roots of farming in the region, what changes ensued, and why Tucson was the first city in the United States to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Light refreshments and campus parking included.