Department of Anthropology - Speaker Series

  • May 8, 2014 - 7:00PM - Scott Ortman - What the Pueblos can teach us about social development - CU Museum
    The process of social development refers to the ability of human groups to control their physical and social environments to get things done. This process has been going on ever since people became farmers, and it has transformed the material conditions of life for all of humanity. In this talk, I suggest that economic growth is a special case of social development and that both processes involve the interactions of people, things and ideas. I also illustrate that this process appears to have operated the same way in the ancient Pueblo world that it does in our world today. If this is true, the archaeological record would appear to provide a rich and generally untapped resource for deepening our understanding of this most important process. Contact:
  • April 18, 2014 - Student Speaker Series - Dr. Barth Wright - "Revisiting Capuchin Evolution and Adaptation" - Hale Science Building, Room 230

Dr. Barth Wright, PhD, Department of Anatomy, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences will be giving a lecture regarding the Capuchin monkeys who represent a fascinating and informative model species for investigating the complexities of human and non-human primate evolution. Join us for a discussion regarding their behavioral and morphological variation and dietary ecology.

  • April 11, 2014 - 4:00PM - Student Speaker Series - Dr. Esteban Gomez - Memory and Practice on the Colonial Frontier - Hale Science Building, Room 230

In thinking about colonial entanglements, and the colonial legacies that take place thereafter, landscape, memory and place become useful terms and necessary concepts for understanding how people experienced and actively participated in different colonial settings. The research that forms the basis of this paper involves the historical documentation and archaeological excavation of Conchagua Vieja, a Lenca settlement on the island of Conchaguita, in the Gulf of Fonseca. Landscape, memory, and place will be explored here in order to explore the complexities that characterized the colonial situation in eastern El Salvador, as well as to better understand the connection between El Salvador's colonial past and its present condition.

  • April 3, 2014 - 12:00PM - Rachel Fleming - ANTH PhD Candidate. CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway, CU-Boulder. [CAS Luncheon Series] As more Indian women enter workplaces in cities like Bangalore, especially in fields such as Information Technology, they are experiencing new dilemmas, lifestyles, and friendships that differ from previous generations. Based on several months of fieldwork in Bangalore and interviews with three generations of women, this talk presents conclusions about how women in this site understand and experience new work opportunities, gender interactions, attitudes about marriage, and changes in families, and how they come to rely on friends amidst rapid urban and social change in India.
  • February 28, 2014 - 4:00PM - Student Speaker Series - Dr. Annabeth Headrick - Hale Science Building, Room 230
    Dr. Annabeth Headrick from the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver will be giving a lecture entitled, "The Architectureal life of a Chichen Itza Warrior," in room 230 of the Hale Science Building. This talk will explore how novel architectural arenas created functional venues that doubled as magnificent and constant reminders of the crucial political and economic roles played by the military. Further, while some structures documented the actions of the living warriors, another temple memorialized the fallen warriors, engendering heroism among the living and immortality for the dead. In sum, the city vetted the military participants on a large stage, reflecting their role in the city's international success.
  • February 21, 2014 - 4:00PM - Student Speaker Series - Dr. Sarah Parcak - Hale Science Building, Room 230
    Dr. Sarah Parcak is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), and is the founding Director of the UAB Laboratory for Global Observation. She is the first Egyptologist to use multispectral and high resolution satellite imagery analysis to identify previously unknown archaeological sites. Dr. Parcak will be giving a lecture entitled "Seeing the past from Space: The view from Egypt." This presentation will discuss how archaeologists use NASA high resolution satellite technology to map and model ancient landscapes, with a focus on Egypt and the Mediterranean. It will show how high resolution satellites have allowed us to find previously unknown pyramids, settlements, temples, and other structures in Egypt. It will discuss the implications for understanding past human-environmental relationships, and how we need to move beyond "dots on a map". The talk will also review archaeological sites threatened by looting following the Arab Spring, and the long term global issues for archaeological heritage. For more information please contact Zan Halmbacher.
  • February 7, 2014 - 4:00PM - Professor Lisa Rofel - Hale Science Building, Room 230
    Professor Lisa Rofel joins The University of Colorado, Boulder for a lecture entitled "The Tranistional Business of Cultural Encounters in China:The Twenty-first Century Silk Road." Professor Rofel attempts to answer questions regarding social inequality and its justification, class hierarchy, and how Maoist socialism has affected social development. For more information about this event, please contact Carla Jones.
  • January 25, 2014 - 7:00PM - Dr. Ken Sassaman - Hale Science Building, Room 270
    Distinguished Archaeologist Speaker, Ken Sassaman of the University of Florida will give a talk entitled,Futurescapes of the Late Archaic: How Humans Dealth with Sea-Level Rise in the Long Term. Explore with Dr. Sassaman the Native American Societies of the Gulf Coast of 3000 to 5000 years ago - a landscape of settlements, monuments, and cemeteries that created a kind of time-space "map." The history encoded in the landscape enabled Native communities along the Gulf Coast to call upon past experiences for future planning, making their landscape a futurescape. Dr. Sassaman will share how their vision of the future is reflected in their responses to sea-level rise.
  • January 24, 2014 - 4:00PM - Dr. Ken Sassaman - Hale Science Building, Room 230
    Distinguished Archaeologist Speaker, Ken Sassaman of the University of Florida will give a talk entitled, The Temporality of Ancient Experience, Archaeological Practice, and Modern Living in the Human Challanges of Global Climate Change. Recent calls for an archaeology of the human experience must guard against overshooting the target of greater empathy to situate knowledge of ancient experience at the scale of communities, both place-based and distributed, that are capable of intervening and putting fate into their own hands.
  • January 21, 2014 - 4:00PM - Ruth Phillips - British Studies Room, Norlin Library
    Noted Art Historian, Ruth Phillips, will be presenting her topic: "Monstances and Wampums: Jesuits, Iroquois, and Materializations of the Spiritual in Seventeenth-Century America." Ruth Phillips was the director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia from 1997 - 2003. She is currently Professor of Art History at Carleton College in Canada.



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Graduate Student Speaker Series

  • November 15, 2013 - 4:00PM - Dr. Kent Lightfoot - Hale Science Building, Room 230
Dr. Lightfoot's general research interests include North American prehistory, coastal hunter-gatherer societies, the emergence of early village communities, and culture contact between Native peoples and European explorers and colonists. His current work focuses on how indigenous peoples responded to European contact and colonialism, and how the outcomes of these encounters influenced cultural developments in postcolonial contexts. He is an archaeologist from the University of California - Berkeley. Event Flyer



Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

  • December 5, 2013 - 12:15PM - Oliver Paine - Hale Science Building, Room 450
    "Grass and sedge consumption by our hominin ancestors: did C4 Plants help shape human evolution?" Oliver Paine is a PhD student and ANTH 2030 lab coordinator for the Anthropology department located in the Hale Science building.
  • November 14, 2013 - 12:15PM - Nevada Drollinger - Hale Science Building, Room 450
    "The Changing Face of Buddhism: Buddhist 'Terrorism' and Western Imagination". Nevada Drollinger is an MA candidate and Lead Teaching Assistant 2013-2014 in the Department of Religious Studies. Event Flyer



Center for Asian Studies' Speaker Series


  • April 4, 2014 - 1:00PM - Magda Stawkowski - CAS Symposium 2014: Catastrophic Asia
    Magda Stawkowski will be one of the featured scholars in this year's symposium for the Center for Asian Studies. The Center for Asian Studies will host presentations on the risks, costs and effects of different types and contexts of disaster in a day-long symposium on April 4 beginning at 1:00pm in the British and Irish Studies Room on the fifth floor of Norlin Library. Presentations will be followed by a faculty panel of respondents, and the symposium will conclude with a reception. Complete details can be found here.
  • February 11, 2014 - 6:15PM - Jonku Kim - Materiality of Transmutation: What Presists and What Projects?
    Visual Arts Center (VAC) Lobby, CU Bolder
  • November 15, 2013 - 6:00PM - Brot Coburn - Everest - New and Old Perspectives about Mt. Everest and the Sherpas.
    Eaton Humanities, Room 150 Event Flyer
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Events Co-sponsored with CARTTS (The Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences)

  • November 4, 2013 - 6:30PM - BHOPALI Film - Hale Science Building, Room 270

BHOPALI is a feature length documentary about the world's worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India, by award-winning director Van Maximilian Carlson. The film is followed by a Q&A with survivor-activist Sanjay Verma. Event Flyer