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Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

November 5th

Anna Grimshaw

Emory University

Georges Place: the cellar

Film Screening

George Sprague lives and works in Buck's Harbor, Maine.  He is widely known for his "cellar" (affectionately called the whine cellar), where people gather to talk, make lobster traps, share stories and pass the long months until spring.  It is a spontaneous theater, with a lively cast of characters who delight in playing themselves.  Their skill and ingenuity in self-dramatization make for unexpected scenes and encounters that sometimes include the filmmaker herself.  

4PM, ANT 206

Department of Anthropology Colloquium

Jessica Thompson

Emory University

October 15

An early and prolonged Anthropocene: 100,000 years of human impacts on environments

Modern hunter-gatherers engage in behaviors such as controlled burning that are aimed at maintaining or increasing the productivity of their environments. The intentionality and extent of this niche constructive behavior may arguably represent a unique adaptation of modern Homo sapiens. Over long time spans, this may have significant ecological and even geomorphic impacts, which raises an important question: When should we actually define the start of the Anthropocene? Very early human impacts remain largely invisible in the archaeological and paleoenvironmental records, largely because of their difficulty to detect. In Africa, where modern humans evolved, it is even more challenging to associate paleoenvironmental change with human behavior than it is in places that were recently inhabited, such as Australia or the Americas. New results from the alluvial fan deposits of the Karonga District, northern Malawi offer a unique record of human impacts stretching back >85 thousand years. By combining archaeological, geomorphic, and geochronological data from Middle Stone Age archaeological sites with off-site records of vegetation and charcoal from Lake Malawi, we detect a fundamental shift in human niche constructive behaviors. The advent of anthropogenic burning ~85 thousand years ago altered the complexion of vegetative communities in favor of grasslands and woodlands, and facilitated alluvial fan formation in the northern basin. These impacts, starting in the Late Pleistocene, have had a long-term role in shaping the environments and landscapes of northern Malawi, and formed the foundation for late Holocene landscape change catalyzed by the advent of agriculture. 

4:00 PM, ANT 206

Armelagos Lecture in Biocultural Anthropology

Tuesday, October 2nd

Building Transdisciplinary Capacity for Tibetan Medical Research: Methods, Translation and Efficacy Evaluation

A symposium presenting the current state of Tibetan medical research
and methodological approaches to develop capacity for clinical,
pharmacological, biochemical and epistemological research in Tibetan
medicine

Monday, September 17

A Brazilian Anthropologist Looking at Money in America

This lecture will analyze meanings of money in America. It is based on an ethnography carried out in the United States by a Brazilian anthropologist who studied financial institutions, health insurance, service clubs, compulsive spenders, restaurants, shops, scholarly and non-scholarly articles and books on personal finance, proverbs, expressions, etc. Money is looked at in relation to love, death, food, cleanliness, Catholicism and Protestantism. Attitudes toward money in the United States will be compared with those existing in Brazil and it will be argued that money in North American society can be seen as a total social fact.

RUBEN OLIVEN

Anthropology Co-Sponsored Lectures and Events

October 18

Nicole Creanza

Vanderbilt University

The Evolution of Learned Behaviors: Insight from Birds and Humans

4:00pm, PAIS 290

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

Wednesday October 3rd

Senses of Yrome

An Ethnographic Theater Performance

Senses of Yrome - An ethnographic Theater Performance. Presented by the students of ANT 385W/THEA 389W

11:30 am, Rich 205

Graduate Teaching Roundtables

Graduate Presentations

Prospectus Presentation

October 26

Eisabeth Grace Veatch

The Taphonomy of Small Mammals at Liang Bua

 2:00PM, ANT 206

Graduate Events