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Events and Colloquia
Spring 2014 Series
Monday, March 31th, 2014
The Anthropology Department is pleased to host William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy Robert N. McCauley of Emory University to deliver the annual Saler Lecture this March. Professor McCauley is the author of Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not and the co-author with E. Thomas Lawson of both Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms and Rethinking Religion: Connecting Cognition and Culture. McCauley is also the editor of The Churchlands and Their Critics and the co-editor with Harvey Whitehouse of Mind and Religion. In addition, he is the author of more than 75 articles, chapters, and reviews in a variety of journals in philosophy, religion, anthropology, psychology, and cognitive science. He has taught courses at Emory University in all of those fields as well as in linguistics and neuroscience and behavioral biology. McCauley has lectured at colleges and universities as well as national and international conferences and professional meetings across North America, Europe, and Africa. For more information, please visit his website.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2:00 pm in Brown 316
"Classic Maya Bodies and Souls in Bioarchaeological Perspective."
The Anthropology Department will host a colloquium featuring Andrew Scherer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University, on Wednesday, November 13th, at 2:00pm. Scherer is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya). He co-directs an interdisciplinary archaeological research project that is exploring Classic Maya polities along the Usumacinta River in Mexico. Scherer has conducted bioarchaeological research at Maya sites throughout Mexico and Guatemala, including Piedras Negras, Yaxha, and El Zotz. Scherer's research interests include mortuary archaeology, warfare and violence, ritual practice, political organization, diet and subsistence, bioarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.
Tuesday, November 12th - 5:00 pm Pearlman Lounge 113
As Professor Neil Hertz explains, "For decades, Israel and Palestine have been locked in ongoing conflict over land that each claims as its own. The conflict is often considered a calculated landgrab, but this characterization does little to take into account the myriad motivations that have shaped it in ways that make it seem intractable, from powerful nationalist and theological ideologies to the more practical concerns of the people who live there and just want to carry out their lives without the constant threat of war."
In 2011, Neil Hertz lived in Ramallah in Palestine’s occupied West Bank and taught in Abu Dis, just outside Jerusalem. His book, Pastoral in Palestine, offers a personal take on the conflict. Though the situation has resulted in the erosion of both societies, Hertz could find no one in either Israel or Palestine who expressed much hope for a solution. Instead, they are resigned to find ways to live with the situation. Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs taken by the author, Pastoral in Palestine puts a human face to politics in the Middle East.
Neil Hertz is a longtime literature professor at Johns Hopkins and Cornell University, and he spent two semesters teaching at Al-Quds University in Palestine. He will be speaking and giving a slide show at Brandeis on November 12th. This event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department, the English Department, and the Ethics Center.
Friday, November 8th, 11:00-12:20 pm, Mandel G03
"Applied Anthropology in the 'New Economy': How the localization movement could bring anthropologists to mainstream economic development policy in the U.S."
Jessica Meissner '05 will be giving an open lecture to Prof. Elizabeth Ferry's class "Consumption, Production, Exchange." Jessica has a degree in economic anthropology, and she is currently on a fellowship at University of Michigan, studying global corporate structure and practice. She will be speaking about her recent work in Washtenaw County, MI to study the needs of non-venture capital funded entrepreneurs. In particular, Jessica is interested in creating meaningful employment for communities through worker-owned and multi-stakeholder cooperatives as a way to finance startups that would employ under/unemployed workers and transform traditionally low-wage work into viable long-term careers.
Friday, October 25th, 11:00am, Mandel G03
"Cooperation and Competition among Oaxacan Wood Carvers"
The Anthropology Department is pleased to host Michael Chibnik, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa and editor-in-chief of the American Anthropologist. Professor Chibnik will deliver the annual Hunt Lecture in Economic Anthropology on October 25th. Providing a background for his talk, Professor Chibnik explains, "in recent years, some economic anthropologists have become increasingly interested in measuring the extent to which different groups of people cooperate and compete with one another. Such efforts have often foundered because of complexities associated with defining 'cooperation' and 'competition.' This talk illustrates the multidimensional nature of 'cooperation' and "competition' through an examination of changes in the economic behavior of wood carving families from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. These artisans sell brightly colored, elaborately carved pieces in the international folk art market. Over the past several decades, the carvers have become considerably more willing to share information about their techniques and have formed cooperative organizations that promote and market their pieces. Nonetheless, they continue to compete strongly with one another for customers."
For more information on Chibnik's research interests and publications, please see his website.
Brandeis hosts events in conjunction with Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Museum of Science
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