Banquet and Final Presentation of the Conference . . .
The Peopling of Australia--A Parallel to the
Peopling of the Americas
The banquet, which concludes the conference, will be held at the historic La Fonda Hotel on the central plaza. At the banquet, you will hear Dr. Peter Hiscock speak about the problem of the peopling of Australia. Just as in North America, the timing of the arrival of humans and their role in the extinction of megafauna at the end of the last Ice Age are hotly debated topics 'Down Under.' This is a story with uncanny parallels to the peopling of the Americas.
Before the banquet, have a drink at the bar and converse with conference speakers, friends, and colleagues.
The banquet will be a plated dinner and includes:
Salad: Fresh field greens with blue cheese crumble, pinon nuts, shredded carrots, red onions, black olives, and Roma tomatoes
Entrée: You can choose either (a) Flat Iron Steak (Char-grilled and served with fingerling potato-artichoke hash, and apple cider demi-glace), (b) Free Range Chicken Breast (Char-grilled and served with black bean roasted corn relish, chipotle barbecue vinaigrette, buttermilk Yukon gold mashed potatoes and mango salsa), or (c) Vegetarian Tamales (Steamed and served with calabacitas rancheras, black bean mash, mango salsa, and roasted tomato coulis).
Desert: Key Lime Pie, tartly refreshing in a granola crust.
Assorted hearth breads.
Hot herbal and black teas, freshly brewed regular or decaffeinated coffee, or iced tea.