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Some speaker arrangements for 2021-2022 are in process.  Event details to be announced soon.

Friday, September 24, 2021
Speaker: Mariam Durrani, Hamilton College
Title: The Imperial Optic: College Students, Racialization, and the War on Terror in Lahore and New York City
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual, ZOOM
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Abstract:
This talk focuses on the imperial optic as a conceptual orientation to understand how college students are racialized by US “war on terror” policies and programs in the US and in Pakistan. Focusing on youth lived experiences across two contexts, the talk ethnographically maps out the ways in which processes of imperial racialization in higher education are shaped by US imperial geopolitics. It is based on multi-sited research (2013-2019) with Pakistani Pashtun college students at a private university in Lahore, Pakistan and with Pakistani Diaspora college students at a public college in New York City.
Bio:
Mariam Durrani is an assistant professor of anthropology at Hamilton College. As an interdisciplinary scholar of global racialization, her research engages with migration studies, digital media studies, and critical education studies through academic, public, and multimodal feminist research in the U.S. and Pakistan.
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 Friday, September 24, 2021
Speaker: Tatum Simonson, University of California, San Diego
Title: Cross-population insights into adaptation and maladaptation at high altitude: Integrating -omics and physiological perspectives
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
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Friday, October 15, 2021
Speaker: Ricardo Godoy, Brandeis University
Title: Shocks and vulnerability in a native Amazonian society: Surprises and non-surprises
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
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Friday, November 5, 2021
Speaker: Christine Drea, Duke University
Title: Condition-dependent olfactory communication in lemurs
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
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Friday, December 3, 2021
Speaker: Karen Rosenberg, University of Delaware
Title: The obstetrical dilemma and helpless human infants
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
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Friday, December 10, 2021 1:00PM (Zoom)
Speaker: Dr. Quincy Amoah, Harvard Society of Fellows
Title:  Sublimity and Nilo-Saharan Nudity: Beauty, Race, and Colonial Encounters at the Upper Nile
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual, ZOOM, registration link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkc-Chpj8sHN1a4MgWBAt3j0ITulSPHCoc
Abstract:
Quincy Amoah SpkrThe aesthetic enigma of naked Nilo-Saharan bodies and their moral and political implications have been engaged by colonial inquirers, proselytising missionaries, art photographers, afro-futurists, and modernising post-colonial nationalists. Yet, in anthropology, where nude Nilo-Saharan people feature prominently in ethnographic archives and ‘classical’ ethnographies, the matter has been mostly of a second order nature – critiques of apparent voyeurism of ethnographers’ gazes and the racializing and erotic projections of colonialists. While these critiques are revelatory, in this talk, I will attempt to reverse perspectives and ask: What meanings or ideas are Nilo-Saharans themselves expressing with the nude form? What do we lose and what categories do we fortify, by omission, when we ignore what Nilo-Saharans are directly presenting? What does this kind of perspective suggest to conversations about beauty, form, difference, and attempts to move beyond the constraints of cultural relativism and symbolism?

Friday, January 28, 2022
Speaker: Cara Ocobock, U. of Notre Dame
Title: “The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”: How Reindeer Herders of Sub-Arctic Finland Bioculturally Cope with the Cold
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: virtual
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
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Friday, February 4, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Tina Lasisi, Penn State Department of Anthropology
Title: A revised approach to human hair evolution
Time: 3 pm
Location: virtual
Sponsored by AGSA with Graduate Student Equity and Inclusion Committee
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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Speaker: Hassan Rachik, Mohamed VI Polytechnic U., Rabat, Morocco
Title: Decolonizing anthropological knowledge: A perspective from Morocco
Time: 10 am ET/ 4pm GMT+1
Location: Virtual, ZOOM: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/93456261565?pwd=VWxmRjltbEpab3ViSVBFYktxdEEvQT09
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Abstract: To understand what the decolonization of anthropology means, we need to examine local anthropologists strategies and practices which aimed to free the social scientific heritage of their country from colonial and ethnocentric assumptions after independence. What were theoretical limits of decolonizing anthropology in Morocco?
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Friday, February 18, 2022
Speaker: David Enard, University of Arizona
Title: Ancient Viral Epidemics Through the Lens of Adaptation in Host Genomes
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Friday, March 4, 2022
Speaker: Jada Benn Torres, Vanderbilt University
Title: “Pues Negro, Porque Negro Soy”: Cultural Identities and Genetic Ancestry of Afro-Puerto Ricans
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Friday, March 11, 2022
Speaker: Jackson Njau, Indiana University
Title: Deep Coring Extends the Environmental Record of Hominin Evolution at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
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Friday, March 25, 2022
Speaker: Ryan Cecil Jobson, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
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Time: 1:00 pm
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Friday, April 1, 2022
Speaker: Luke Glowacki, Boston University
Title: The Invention of Peace: Understanding the Origins of Intergroup Cooperation
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Friday, April 8, 2022
Speaker: Gerrit Dusseldorp
Title: New excavations at Umhlatuzana Rockshelter, South Africa
Time: 3:30 pm
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Abstract:

Rescue excavations at Umhlatuzana rockshelter in southeastern South Africa in the 1980s yielded a long archaeological sequence spanning much of the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. The site has occupations from several technocomplexes that have been associated with the early development of cognitively complex behaviours by Anatomically Modern Humans, such as the Still Bay and the Howiesons Poort.

Importantly, the site appears to show occupation in the Last Glacial Maximum and the preceding interstadial phase. Most other sites in the wider region have an occupation hiatus at this time. Crucially Umhlatuzana has assemblages showing the transition from the Middle Stone Age to the Later Stone Age that took place between ~40 and 20 ka. Nevertheless, initial stratigraphic interpretations suggested that the site had been affected by large-scale sediment movement. The transitional Middle-to-Later Stone Age assemblages might then be of mixed stratigraphic origin instead of documenting a large-scale technological reorganization.

In 2018 and 2019 a team from Leiden University conducted small scale geoarchaeological investigations at the site. Using various lines of evidence we show that large-scale sediment movements can be excluded, but the sequence has been extensively bioturbated. We currently focus on the technological analysis of the Pleistocene Later Stone Age lithic assemblages and will present initial results of our work.

Friday, April 15, 2022
Speaker: Zarin Machanda, Tufts University
      Usen Family Career Development Professor of anthropology, Tufts Departments of Anthropology and Biology
Title: What can chimpanzees tell us about aging?
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: RAB-001, Douglass Campus
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Friday, April 22, 2022
Speaker: Jade d'Alpoim Guedes, Dept. of Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
                  University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Title: A Deep History of Human Adaptation and Changing Climate on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau
Time: 3:30 pm
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Friday, April 29, 2022
Speaker: Robin Nelson, Arizona State University
Title: Around Borders & Babies: Parenting, Progress, and Proxies for Best Care in a Transnational World
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Friday, May 6, 2022
Speaker: Heath Pearson, Georgetown University
Title: The Sheepdog Who Cried Wolf
Time: 1:00 pm
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