Space archaeologist joins 2016-17 Cultural Enhancement Series lineup

In a season already jam-packed with talent and ingenuity, the 2016-17 Cultural Enhancement Series is adding another name to its roster: Sarah Parcak.


Sarah Parcak

Parcak, a space archaeologist whose recent TED Talk earned her the 2016 TED Prize, uses satellite images to discover ancient sites that had previously disappeared. Her TED bio recalls that Parcak is in many ways “like a modern-day Indiana Jones,” as she moves forward in finding and identifying unique surfaces from an aerial perspective.

“So, think about what would happen if Indiana Jones and Google Earth had a love child,” Parcak said with a laugh to Stephen Colbert in a recent interview on The Late Show. “We use high-resolution and NASA satellites and look for subtle differences on the surface of the Earth that locate buried ancient pyramids, towns, and ancient tombs, which allows us to pinpoint exactly where to go from thousands of miles away.”

Parcak will be coming to WKU on Feb. 15 for a lecture that begins in Van Meter Hall at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Like with all other Cultural Enhancement Series events, admission is free and there are no tickets required.

For information about the upcoming season, including presentations by Anne Lamott, Ben Sollee, Joel Sartore, Black Violin and David Sedaris, visit the Cultural Enhancement Series website.

To stay up-to-date with all developments, follow the Cultural Enhancement Series on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Potter College of Arts & Letters, (270) 745-2344

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