Department of Anthropology - Speaker Series       

Previous Guests:

  • Dr. David Valentine, University of Minnesota, "Atmosphere: Context, Detachment, and the Modern Subject in Outer Space." (2013)
  • Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, University of Munich, "Rethinking Matriarchy in Modern Anthropology" (2013)
  • Chad Spitler, University of Colorado, "Corporate Anthropology." (2013)
  • Dr. Tanya Smith, Harvard University, "Biological Rhythms in Teeth Provide Insight into Our Evolutionary Past" (2013)
  • Elizabeth Hadly, Stanford School of Medicine, "Whither Biodiversity? Using the Past to Forecast Earth's Future." (2013)
  • Anna Warrener, Harvard University, "Human Birth and Efficient Locomotion: A Natural Selection Tradeoff for Women?" (2013)
  • Peter Van Arsdale, University of Denver, "A Theory of Obligation." (2013)
  • Timothy Webmoor, adjunct, Department of Anthropology, CU-Boulder, "Archaeology: The discipline of things." (2013)
  • Stephen Houston, Brown University, "The Temple of the Night Sun: Configuring Maya Kingship at El Diablo, Guatemala." (2013)
  • Sarah Herr, Desert Archaeology Inc. in Tucson, "In Search of Lost Landscapes: Looking for the Pre-Reservation Western Apache of Central Arizona." (2013)
  • Maria Nieves Zedeño, University of Arizona, "Relational Archaeology, Indigenous Archaeology, and the Challenges of Application" and "Bison Hunting as a Social Institution: A Bird's Eye View." (2013)
  • Arjun Guneratne, Macalester College, "Adventure in Ornithology: Transformations in a Field Science in Sri Lanka." (2012)
  • Giday WoldeGabriel, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "The Role of the Eastern African Rift Valley in Hominid Origins and Evolution." (2012)
  • Catherine Gaither, Metro State University, "Death in the Clouds: Bioarchaeology in the Northern Highlands of Peru." (2012)
  • Maarten Bavinck, University of Amsterdam, "Legal Pluralism in South Indian Fisheries: a Typology of Interplays." (2012)
  • John Hawks, University of Wisconsin, "Learning about Neandertals and Ourselves from Ancient Genomes." (2012)
  • Anita Weiss, University of Oregon, Eugene, "Crisis and Reconciliation in Swat, Pakistan: Seen through the Eyes of Women." (2012)
  • Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, "Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens." (2012)
  • Joyce Flueckiger, Emory University, "Gold in the Kitchen: Wedding Pendants Creating Protection, Identity, and Relations in South India," and "When the World Becomes Female: Possibilities of a South Indian Goddess." (2012)
  • Zachary Hruby, College of the Redwoods, "Stones of Fire and Sky: A Social History of Ancient Maya Lithic Artifacts." (2012)
  • Suzana Sawyer, University of California, Davis, "The Toxic Matter of Crude: Law, Science, & Indeterminancy in Ecuador and Beyond." (2012)
  • Terry Odendahl, Global Greengrants Fund, "Using Your Anthropology PhD in Your Career". (2012)
  • Laurence Marshall Carucci, "Short and Long Term Effects of U.S. Nuclear Testing on Marshall Islanders." (2012)
  • Mary Van Buren, Colorado State University, "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Whore: Humanizing Victorian Prostitution in Ouray, Colorado." (2012)
  • Christine Drea, Duke University, "The 'Secret' in Secretions: Deciphering Evolutionary Patterns in Primate Odor Cues."  (2012)
  • Anne Allison, Duke University, "Precarious Japan: A Precarity of Life and Death in Times of Crisis." (2012)
  • Thomas L. Sever, University of Alabama, Huntsville, "Space Archeology: Past and Present Human Effects upon Landscapes, Subsistence, and Climate Variability." (2012)
  • Brenda Bowser, Amazonian Ecuador Field Project focusing on women's use of pottery, power, and material culture. (2011)
  • Christine Szuter, Arizona State University, "Inside the World of Scholarly Publishing." (2011)
  • Jamila Bargach, Secretary General of NGO Dar Si-Hmad for Development, Education and Culture, works with new technology that allows fog to be "harvested" as a new water source. (2011)
  • Paula Palmer, Director of Global Response, a program of Cultural Survival working with indigenous rights. (2011)
  • Philip Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa, "The Making of the Indian 'National Drink'." (2011)
  • Antonio Papuzza, CU Leeds School of Business, "Business Anthropology: A Natural Evolution." (2011)
  • Julie Cruikshank, University of British Columbia, "Are Glaciers 'Good to Think With'?" ( 2011)
  • Anne Bolin, Elon University, "Complicating Gender: Border Crossings and Back."  (2011)
  • Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University, "Tibetan Adaptations to High Altitude." (2011)
  • Guilhem Olivier, Institute of Historical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, "Hunting, Sacrifice, and Power: Aztec Man in the Universe of the Gods." (2011)
  • Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, "Autonomy and the Use of Local History: The Contemporary Case of a Mixteca Alta Community, Oaxaca, Mexico." (2011)
  • Randy McGuire, Binghamton University, "Stealing Wheelbarrows: Archaeology as Political Action." (2011)
  • Ruth Van Dyke, Binghamton University, "Landscape & Memory: Navajo Ethnogenesis and the Chacoan Past." (2011)
  • Darryl de Ruiter, Texas A&M University, "Australopithecus sediba, early hominin of South Africa." (2010)
  • Christopher T. Fisher, Colorado State University, "Beyond Thresholds and Tipping Points: New Perspectives on Purépecha (Tarascan) Urbanism in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, Mexico." (2010)
  • Nelly M. Robles García, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico, "New Findings on Monte Albán Urbanism: The Atzompa Archaeology Project." (2010)
  • Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University, "Subalternity and Belonging: The Time of the Dalit Conversion." (2010)
  • Sonia Das, University of British Columbia, "You Speak 'Written' and I Write 'Spoken'." (2010)
  • Marta Alfonso, College of William and Mary & State University of New York, "Lines of Stops and Starts: Growth, Nutrition and Harris Lines." (2010)
  • Ann Marie Leshkowich, College of the Holy Cross, "Trading Class and Gender: (Market) Socialist Enframings of Merchants in Ho Chi Minh City." (2010)
  • Jeanne Marecek, Swarthmore College, "Dying to Tell: Adolescents' Performances of Suicide and Deliberate Self-Harm in Sri Lanka." (2010)
  • Andrea Wiley, Indiana University-Bloomington, "Growing Children Around the World: Cow's Milk, Child Growth, and Globalization." (2010)
  • Graciela S. Cabana, University of Tennessee, "To Cry or Not to Cry: Heritage, Genetic Identity, and the Ambivalence of Belonging in Argentina." (2010)
  • Richard M. Levy, University of Calgary, "From Laser Scanning to Virtual Reality: The Art and Science of Archaeological Reconstructions." (2010)
  • Robert Kelly, University of Wyoming, "Peopling of the New World: What Do We Really Know?" and "A Prehistoric Future: Searching for Meaning in Human Antiquity." (2010)
  • Kenneth George, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Companionable Objects and the Anthropology of Hurt Things." (2010)
  • Kirin Narayan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "The Many Lives of Family Stories: Caste, Creativity and Patronage among Gujarati Artisans." (2010)
  • Jessica Smith, "The Cowboy Spirit of the Clean Coal Campaign." (2009)
  • Tom Weisner, UCLA, "What is the Most Important Influence in Human Development?" (2009)
  • Brian Richmond, George Washington University, "The Origin and Evolution of Bipedalism." (2009)
  • Scott R. Hutson, University of Kentucky, "All That is Solid': Sacbes, Semiotics, and Provisional Practices in Ancient Yucatan, Mexico." (2009)
  • Sondra Hausner, Theology Faculty at Oxford University, "Migrants and Mendicants: On Durkheim, Dispersion, and Traveling Religions in South Asia." (2009)
  • Janice Peck, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado-Boulder, "The Politics of 'Empowerment' in the Neoliberal Era." (2009)
  • Ann Armbrecht, Middlebury College and Union Institute in Vermont, "Searching for Home in the Himalayas: The Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability." (2009)
  • Agustίn Fuentes, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, "Resituating Anthropological Approaches to the Evolution of Human Behavior." (2009)
  • Pablo Nepomnaschy, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B. C., "Stress and Reproductive Suppression: Pathology or Adaptation?" (2009)
  • Anna Tsing, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Supply Chains and the Human Condition." (2009)
  •  Scott Ortman, Director of Research at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, "Bowls to Gardens: Pueblo Metaphor and Movement." (2009)
  • Chris Kuzawa, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University, "You Are What Your Mother Ate: How Nutritional Stress Prior to Birth Influences Adult Health." (2009)
  • Barbara Mills, Professor, University of New Mexico, "The Archaeology of Social Networks and Memory Practices at Chaco Canyon, NM." (2009)
  • T.J. Ferguson, University of Arizona, "Cultural Affiliation: Reconciling NAGPRA Concepts with Tribal History and Identity." (2009)
  • Steve Lansing, University of Arizona and the Santa Fe Institute, "Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali." (2009)
  • Elizabeth Barber, Professor from Occidental College, "Prometheus, Pele, and the Curse of Fire: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth." (2008)
  • Bernard Arps, Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at Leiden University, "Spiritual Refreshment, Medicine for the Heart: Preaching on Record and on the Air in Indonesia." (2008)
  • Robin G. Nelson, Post-doctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Human Biology Research, Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, "Kin as Capital: Familial Relationships and Health Outcomes in Jamaica." (2008)
  • Frank Korom, Associate Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University, "Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, A Global Sri Lankan Sufi Saint" (2008)
  • Gerardo Gutiérrez, Centro de Investigaciones e Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, México (CIESAS), "The Archaeology of Hurricanes and Debris Flow Disasters in the Coatán River Basin of the Soconusco, México" (2008)
  • Gerardo Gutiérrez, Centro de Investigaciones e Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, México (CIESAS), "Politics and Territory in the Kingdom of Tlapa on the Eve of the Spanish Conquest (2008)
  • Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Irvine, "Biocapital Downstream: The Experimental Machinery of Global Clinical Trials" (2008)
  • Dr. Peter B. Gray, Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada, "The Makings of a Man: Hormones, Pair Bonds and Fatherhood" (2008)
  • Dr. Matthew Bandy, SWCA Environmental Consultant, "History, Process, and State Formation in Prehispanic Bolivia" (2008)
  • Dr. Richard Shweder, William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago, "Rethinking Cultural Psychology and the Enlightenment Along the Way: A Personal Story" and "The Military and the Social Sciences: A Panel Discussion" (2008)
  • Colonel John Cho, U. S. Army War College, "The Military and the Social Sciences: A Panel Discussion" (2008)
  • Colonel Tom Rhatican, U. S. Army War College, "The Military and the Social Sciences: A Panel Discussion" (2008)
  • Dr. Marcus Winter, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, "Reconsidering the Origins of Monte Albán" and "Mixes, Zapotecs, Huaves and Other Pre-Hispanic Inhabitants of the Southern Isthmus Region of Oaxaca, Mexico" (2008)
  • Dr. Steven Caton, Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, "Yemen, Water, and Development Communication" (2008)
  • Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, "The Ghosts of Montes de Oca: Naked Life and the Medically Disappeared" and "Into the Gray Zone: Trafficking the Organs Traffickers" (2008)
  • Dr. John Jackson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, CU-Boulder, "Race, Anthropology, and Civil Rights in the 1960s" (2008)
  • Dr. Cynthia Robin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University, "The Archaeology of Everyday Life in Small Communities; Understanding the Ancient Maya Farming Community of Chan" and "New Discoveries about the Ancient Maya; Peopling the Past" (2008)
  • Dr. Michael Smith, Professor of Archaeology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, "Urbanization in Aztec Central Mexico: Recent household excavations at the site of Calixtlahuaca" (2007)
  • Dr. Bernard Wood, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Evolutionary History, George Washington University, "Investigating Human Evolution: Problems and Opportunities" and "Recent Advances in Our Understanding of Human Evolution" (2007)
  • Dr. Peter Ungar, Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, "Dental Microwear Texture Analysis and the Diets of Plio-Pleistocene Hominins from Africa" (2007)
  • Dr. Margaret Conkey, Professor of Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, "Seeking Ice Age Sensibilities: Interpreting Paleolithic Cave Art" (2007)
  • Dr. Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, Columbia University, "Dispositions of Empire: Toward History in a Minor Key" (2007)
  • Dr. Catherine Lutz, "Ethnography of Empire" (2006)
  • Dr. Nina Jablonski, "Evolution of Skin Color" (2006)
  • Dr. Timothy Pauketat, "Tangled Up in Wa-kan-da: Materiality, History, and Native American Archaeologies" and "Pre-Columbian Heroes and the Heroines in the Heartland: Where Archaeology meets History" (2006)
  • Dr. Wendy Ashmore, "Settlement Patterns, Landscapes and Archaeological Space" (2005)
  • Dr. Dennis Stanford, “Iberian Origins for Clovis Technology: An Alternative Hypothesis" (2004)
  • Dr. Rayna Rapp, “Genetic Citizens on the Biotech Horizon” (2003)
  • Dr. Peter Ellison, “On Fertile Ground Ecology and Human Reproduction” (2003)
  • Dr. William A. Longacre II, “Kalinga Potters of Luzon: An Ethno-Archaeology Appreciation of Philippine Pottery" (2003)
  • Dr. Alison Jolly, “The Ring-Tailed Lemurs of Berenty, Madagascar” (2002)
  • Dr. Christine Hastorf, “Agriculture Follows Politics: Agriculture as Metaphor in the Andes" (2002)
  • Dr. Ian Hodder, “Archaeology, Culture and Society at Çatal-höyük” (2002)
  • Dr. Sherry Ortner, “Subjects and Capital: A Fragment of a Critical Documentary Ethnography" (2001)
  • Dr. David Hurst Thomas, “Skull Wars” (2000)
  • Dr. Patty Jo Watson, “Cave Archaeology in Norh America” (2000)