Department of Anthropology
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The Anthropology Club
The club provides a diversity of activities revolving around anthropology such as field trips, guest speakers and films. Events will be posted here when available, learn more about the club in the special programs section of our website.
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Department-sponsored and anthropological events
Wednesday, April 10 - 6:00-8:00 p.m., Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. "Act Local Think Global: dinner and panel discussion on the reality of hunger" - Panelists are Corin Blanchard (feed good), Sara D. Wilson (The Hunger Project), Faye Conte (Hunger Free Vermont) and Teresa Mares (UVM Anthropology Assistant Professor). Hunger is something that affects everyone around the world. Come chat with expert food and hunger activists. You can learn from and discuss with professionals in the fields of both local and global hunger, and also find out how you can help. Come join Feel-Good and other UVM clubs for a delicious local dinner with meaningful discussion (the meal is included with the purchase of your ticket).
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for community. For more information, email Christopher Joy.
Friday, April 12 - 12:00-1:30 p.m., Fleming Museum 101. "The Making of Masculinity in a Landmark Bollywood Film: Amar, Akbar, Anthony and the Politics of Muscular Hinduism" - lecture by Andy Rotman, Associate Professor of Religion, Smith College. Professor Andy Rotman will discuss the 1977 Bollywood film Amar Akbar Anthony which tells the story of three brothers who are separated from their parents and each other in early childhood and then adopted by fathers of three different religions - Hindu, Muslim and Christian. The film chronicles how the brothers recover from this loss, highlighting the roles played by religion and love, the state and family. While renowned as a story about secularism, the film also makes pointed claims about gender, politics and modernity, and the ways that a muscular Hinduism is necessary for healing the nation.
Much of Professor Rotman's research examines the ways in which seeing and what is seen in South Asia function as part of social history, affective relations and material culture, as evidenced in his research on early Indian Buddhism, South Asian media and the economies of the North Indian bazaar.
For more information, please call (802) 656-3532.
Monday, April 15 - 4:00-5:30 p.m., 221 Old Mill. "Nutrition Label Usage, Diet Health Behavior and Information Uncertainty" - lecture by Christiane Schroeter, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.
Wednesday, April 17 - 12:45-2:00 p.m., Jost Foundation Room 422, Davis Center. "Worshipping Gods in Pre-Roman Pompeii: In Search of the Ancient City's Cults and Rituals" - lecture by Professor Pavel Titz, The Institute of Classical Archaeology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Titz has taken part in many excavations around the Mediterranean. In recent years he has focused on the religiosity of the inhabitants of ancient Pompeii, primarily during its pre-Roman period. His presentation for the University of Vermont will question the identity of Pompeii and its population, especially in terms of cults and rituals performed there. A diachronic approach to this research seems to provide a different picture from the traditional one that describes Pompeii as a generally Roman city. Stratigraphic archaeological excavations of temples, shrines, altars and votive pits in recent years attest significant continuity through the ages on one side, and a remarkable presence of elements belonging to different cultural/ethnic spheres on the other. This allows us to understand the religious life of the city of Pompeii in greater complexity and the city itself in a much more accurate way.
Monday, April 22 - 4:00-5:30 p.m., Aiken Center 102. "Singing Politics: The Performance and Performativity of South African Freedom Songs" - Tayo Jolaosho, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Tayo Jolaosho is a cultural anthropologist with a background in performance and integrated arts. Currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, her scholarship is focused on the role of embodied performance in community mobilizations for social change in South Africa. Working with community activists, she investigated how they used performance to mobilize given the post-apartheid challenges of finding unity. While the liberation struggles of the apartheid era were unified by a common vision against a repressive state, post-apartheid interventions are much more dispersed. Yet freedom songs, dances and other expressive practices created within anti-apartheid struggles continue to flourish well after apartheid's demise. She examined how collective solidarity and ethical claims were cultivated through such spectacular performances and through much more routine negotiations of political sensibilities. Her work extends beyond South Africa as the co-editor of African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices, a transnational anthology on women's strategies of contestation and resistance to the challenges they experience.
For more information, call or email Scott Matter at (802) 656-2107.
Friday, April 26 - 3:00 p.m., Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. "Journeys Through Broadway, Bollywood, El Sistema and Las Vegas" - a lecture with Srinivas Krishnan and special guests: Marion de Paraza, Arjun Chandy, Jeff Queen and Garin Webb. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 27 - 7:30 p.m., Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. "Global Rhythms: Blueprints from across the world" including Symphonic Episodes by Professor Emeritus Thomas L. Read and Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsy. Featuring special guests: Marion de Peraza, violin; Aaron Bishara, drums; Arjun Chandy, voice; Patricia Julien, flute; Jeff Queen, snare drum and Garin Webb, saxophone. Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk in the Davis Center.
For more information, call the President's Office at (802) 656-3186.
Tuesday, April 30 - 4:00-5:30 p.m., Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. "What are the Chances a Collapse of Civilization can be Avoided?" - lecture by Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies; President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University. Dr. Ehrlich is one of the world's most renowned interdisciplinary scientists, leading a remarkably broad array of scientific and policy pursuits. He has developed long-term studies of the structure, dynamics and genetics of natural populations. He cofounded, with Peter Raven, the field of Coevolution. He helped form the modern field of Conservation Biology. And he has been a pioneer in raising issues of population, resources and the environment as matters of public policy. More recently, Dr. Ehrlich has led efforts to unite ecology with economics in advancing issues of ecosystem services and global sustainability. His current focus is on developing the Millennium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere, which he cofounded to understand human behavior and its importance to environmental issues worldwide. Dr. Ehrlich is an engaging speaker, unafraid to be provocative and challenging.
For further information, please call Isis Erb at 802-656-2906.
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