2014 Events


Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
S.H.O.U.T! Keynote Speaker: Geoffrey Canada

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Page Commons Room
Keynote: Jack Halberstam – BRIDGE Conference

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  Diamond / 142
Frances Moore Lappe – Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Environmental Studies

** Monday, March 10, 4PM – Diam. 122
Prof. Robert Samet, “The Republic of Victims: Crime and Denunciation in Venezuela”

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Diamond / 122
David Aquila “Quil” Lawrence, NPR “Life After War: America’s Veterans Today”

Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Lovejoy / 215
Prof. Christine Yano, “Pink Globalization”

Tues., April 1, 7pm, Ostrove Auditorium
‘Granito: How to Nail a Dictator’
The story of how former Guatemalan dictator Efriam Rios Montt was brought to trial for genocide.  Film screening and conversation with Kate Doyle

** Wed., April 9, 7pm , Diam. 122
Prof. Lara Deeb, “Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Leisure and Morality in South Beirut”

Thurs., April 10, 7pm TBA
Global Studies Hunt Lecture — Prof. Evan Fraser, Department of Geography, University of Guelph
“Population Growth, High Energy Prices, Climate Change and the Challenge of Feeding Nine Billion”


2012-13 Events Series:

March 2013

“Body Tinkering and Moral Thinking in Experimental Transplant Science: An Anthropologist’s Journey among Bioengineers”

Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Lesley Sharp (Barnard and Columbia) will discuss her ethnographic research on experimental organ transplant science.

Thursday, March 7,  7:00pm in Diamond 122

Prof. Sharp is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Senior Research Scientist in the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is the author of several books, including Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self (University of California Press, 2006); awarded the 2008 New Millennium Book Award by the Society for Medical Anthropology.

November 2012

“Between Obligation and Right: Gender and Social Relations of Generational Difference in Post-Apartheid South Africa”
Lecture, Prof. Zolani Ngwane (Haverford College)
Tuesday, November 13
7:00pm, Diamond 122

This talk will examine the complex social intersections between cultural rights and individual rights in post-Apartheid South Africa, using intergenerational relations between elders and youth as a primary focus. The lecture will look at the ways in which, by making provision for both individual rights and cultural rights, the 1996 Constitution of post-Apartheid South Africa left women and children in particular squarely in both categories. This resulted in several complex cultural orientations to rights, meaning for example that women could only argue themselves out of one category at the expense of young people and vice versa.

Professor Ngwane has conducted research on issues of education and political subjectivity in South Africa; generational politics between younger and older men; and HIV/AIDS prevention among South African youth. His Web site at Haverford College includes a more detailed discussion of his research interests: http://www.haverford.edu/anthropology/faculty/ngwane.php.


October 2012

Screening of the documentary “Raw Material” followed by a Q and A with the director
Sunday, October 21, 2012
7:00pm in Olin 1

Anthropology, Cinema Studies and Global Studies will screen the fabulous new documentary “Raw Material” about urban scavengers in Athens, Greece. The director, Christos Karakepelis, will be here from Greece for a Q&A to follow the film.  Refreshments served. All are welcome!

Ethnographic fieldwork on eldercare in China
Thursday, October 18, 2012
5:00-6:30pm, Whitney Room, Roberts Dining Hall

Come hear about ethnographic fieldwork on eldercare in China conducted by EAS and Anthropology students this past summer.

Screening of the documentary “The Invisible War” followed by a Q and A with the director
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Watch a screening of The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. Meaning, one in five women is raped during her service. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most underreported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.
**Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick will be on hand after the film is viewed for a discussion on the movie, and questions from the audience.**

Native American Drumming with Dean Francis of the Penobscot Nation
Thursday, October 11, 2012
2:30-3:45, Bixler 219

Join Professor Natalie Zelensky’s Music 252 class (World Music Survey) Thursday, October 11 from 2:30-3:45pm, for a presentation by Dean Francis of the Penobscot Nation.  Dean Francis will discuss the history of the Wabanaki, focusing on their music and spirituality as well as on their efforts of cultural preservation and revival.
Open to students, faculty, and staff.  Bixler, Band Room (2nd floor, Room 219).

Dr. Katrina Karkazis: “Too Fast to be Women: Examining Eligibility for Elite Female Athletes.”
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
7:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Dr. Katrina Karkazis is an anthropologist and bioethicist at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford. Dr. Karkazis’ research addresses the social and cultural dimensions of gender and sexuality, particularly in the realm of biomedicine and science, as well as a range of cultural and social aspects of disease and illness, treatment practices, health policy; the biomedicalization of difference; and social movements around health. Her book Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Duke 2008) examines these issues in the context of controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits.  Her most recent work, and the topic of her presentation at Colby, examines “gender verification” of elite female athletes (e.g., the Olympics and the International Association of Athletics Federations). Her work on this topic has appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics as well as news and international media coverage in the New York TimesThe GuardianNew Scientist, and Discover.

Septemeber 2012

Todd Gilton: “OCCUPY NATION: The Roots, the Spirit & the Promise of Occupy Wall Street”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7:00pm, Page Commons

2011-2012 Event Series:

Occupy Boston: An Ethnographic Perspective
Date: March 30, 2012 – 7pm
What can ethnography tell us about radical social movements, activism, and popular democracy? Dr. Juris is a leading figure in this field. The Anthropology department will be hosting his talk regarding  his recent research into the Occupy Boston movement.

Talk With Mr. Roger Paul, Wabanaki Educator, Presented by the Four Winds Club
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011 – 6 p.m.
A discussion about contemporary “Wabanaki” people and their lives today and in the future. The presentation discusses the history of what is now known as North America over the past 15,000 years, based on the stories of “Wabanaki” people and how they came to be here.  The term “Wabanaki” is defined and what role they played in the forming of the United States.

Revolutionary Pedagogies on a Global Scale
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011  4 p.m
Location: Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Education scholars and practitioners will discuss ways to challenge inequality and racism through educational reform. Panelists include William Ayers, award winning author/editor of eighteen books on teaching and social justice, Bonisile Ntlemeza, Principal of LEAP-South Africa, an innovative school movement in South Africa that has developed a values-based model for confronting the legacy of apartheid-era education for black students in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Allison Rouse, CEO and founder of EdVillage, an organization dedicated to sharing educational reform initiatives throughout the globe with branches in South Africa and India.

“Returning Home to Die: AIDS, Kinship, and Anxieties About Social Change in Nigeria”
A special lecture by Daniel Jordan Smith:Professor of Anthropology at Brown University
Date:  Wednesday October 12, 2011  Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Diamond 141
Professor Smith has conducted research in Nigeria for many years and is an expert on HIV-AIDS, globalization, youth, gender and sexuality, and the cultural effects of corruption in everyday life. He is the author of  A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria, for which he received the 2008 Margaret Mead Award and co-author in a global study of HIV-AIDs related behavior, including the recent book: The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV.

2010-2011 Event Series

Lecture by John Jackson, Jr
Date: April 28, 2011
John Jackson, Jr. anthropologist, blogger and filmmaker, University of Pennsylvania.

Copying, Counterfeit, and Capitalism: China’s Porcelain Industry

Date:April 21, 2011
Lecture by Maris Gillette, anthropologist and filmmaker, Haverford. This event is cosponsored with East Asian Studies.

Broken Pots and Broken Dreams
Date:Wed, April 20, 2011
A film by Maris Gillette, anthropologist and filmmaker, Haverford. This event is cosponsored with East Asian Studies.

Women and Empowerment in the Xi’an Muslim District of China
Date: April 20, 2011
A lecture by Maris Gillette, anthropologist and filmmaker, Haverford. This event is cosponsored with East Asian Studies.

Date: April 18, 2011
Lucien Taylor is the Director of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard. There will be a screening of his film “Sweetwater,” followed by a Q & A. This event is cosponsored with Cinema Studies Program.

The Ghost State: Insecurity and the Absent Presence of the State in Bolivia
Date: April 12, 2011
Lecture by Daniel Goldstein, Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University. This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program.

Blackness and Cosmopolitanism in Colombia’s Black Pacific
March 28, 2011
Michael Quintero is an ethnomusicologist from Bowdoin. This event is cosponsored with African American Studies Program and Colby College Black History Month.

Conflict, Cocaine and Elusive Peace in Colombia: Lessons from the Putumayo Women’s Network
March 3, 2011
Lecture by Winifred Tate, Professor of Anthropology, Colby. This event is sponsored by the International Studies Program.

Maple Razsa’s Bastards of Utopia (Cinema Studies)
Feb 8, 2011
Maple Razsa is an anthropologist, activist and documentary filmmaker. He is committed to using text, images and sound to embody the experience and political imagination of contemporary social movements. Maple’s work from Croatia, Mozambique, and the US has shown in such fora as the George Eastman House, The Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and festivals from Taipei to Turin. As Assistant Professor of International Studies and Associate Director of the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Razsa teaches on social movements, human rights, political documentary, and postsocialism at Colby.