Event Details

Friday, September 9, 2022
Speaker: Mareike Janiak, New York University
Title: Exploring two sides of the mammalian digestome: Host enzymes and gut microbes
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Mareike Janiak is broadly interested in the ways that animals adapt to the specific demands of their ecological niches. For this, she combines genomic information with dietary data or behavioral observations to understand the genetic and/or behavioral changes that allow a species to survive in its environment.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Speaker: Anirruddhan Vasudevan, Princeton University
Title: Talk of Wonder: Religion, Sociality, and Moral Astonishment among Thirunangai Transwomen in Southern India
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: AB 4052 (west wing, 4th floor)
Sponsored by South Asian Studies Program and Anthropology Department's Critical Interventions in Theory and Ethnography (CITE)

Anirruddhan Vasudevan is currently a postdoc at Princeton University.  He has an area focus on Tamil Nadu and Mother-Goddess worship among the Thirunangai transgender women.

Friday, September 23, 2022
Speaker: Tom Gillespie, Emory University
Title: A One Health Approach to Understanding and Mitigating Pathogenic Threats to Wild Primates
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Thomas Gillespie is an ecologist and epidemiologist recognized for his integrative approach to the conservation of biodiversity and mitigation of emerging infectious diseases. He is currently a professor at Emory University.

Friday, October 14, 2022
Speaker: Christopher von Rueden, University of Richmond
Title: Unmaking egalitarianism: comparing sources of political change in an Amazonian society
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Chris von Rueden is an anthropologist and assistant professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond. He studies status hierarchy and collective action in small-scale societies, in particular the Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of lowland Bolivia.

Wednesday, November 2, 3, 4, 2022
4th Lembersky Conference on Human Evolutionary Studies: From the Genome to the General Assembly: Cooperation and Conflict Across Domains
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)
To register and for more information visit:
https://ches.rutgers.edu/lembersky-conference/lembersky-conference-home
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speaker arpana inman flyerThursday, November 3, 2022
Speaker: Arpana Inman, Professor and Dean GSAPP (Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology), Rutgers
Title: Shades of Otherness. Perspectives on South Asians in the US (discussion)
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: AB 6051 (West Building)



 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 18, 2022
Speaker: Rebecca Stumpf, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Title: Insights into Microbial Diversity and Disease Transmission among Wild Primates of Africa
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001

Rebecca Stumpf is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with appointments in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for African Studies, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Study, and the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. She has studied wild chimpanzees in East and West Africa for over 20 years and founded and directs the Kanyanchu River Chimpanzee Project and Research Collaborative in Western Uganda. Her research focuses on primates in natural environments to examine comparative behavior and biology, sexual selection, microbial ecology and host-microbial interactions, disease transmission, antimicrobial resistance, and conservation.

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Speaker: Siobhán M. Mattison, University of New Mexico
Title: A behavioral ecology view on the gender-health paradox
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Co-sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Siobhán M. Mattison is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at the University of New Mexico and a rotator at the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on explaining health and welfare in light of variation in human kinship and social structure norms. She conducts fieldwork with the Mosuo (Na) of Southwest China and among the Melanesian Ni-Vanuatu. She received her doctoral degree in biocultural anthropology from the University of Washington and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology and demography at Stanford University.

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Speaker: Sander van der Leeuw, Arizona State University
Title: The evolution of information processing, categorization and the illusion of control
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: To be held online; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom link
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

An archaeologist and historian, Prof. Sander van der Leeuw has been specializing in the long-term interactions between humans and their environments. He is a pioneer in the application of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) approach to socio-environmental challenges, technology and innovation.

Friday, January 27, 2023
Speaker: Krystal Smalls, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title: Matter(ing) and Meaning: The Raciosemiotics of Contemporary Black Diaspora in Digital and Analog Life
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: RAB-001

Krystal Smalls is an ivy-league educated linguistic anthropologist (BS from Cornell; PhD from UPenn), with several ongoing ethnographic projects spanning several African diasporic field sites - from Liberia and Moravia to Philadelphia and the Gulla/Geechee communities of South Carolina.  Her research foci include education and social media, body and identity politics, urban studies, global migrations, raciolinguistic ideologies and anti-black linguistic practices.

Friday, January 27, 2023
Speaker: Tony Goldberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Title:  Tragic natural experiments: insights into human evolution from infectious diseases of primates
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Tony Goldberg is a professor of epidemiology with training in the biological, medical and social sciences.  His research and teaching focus on the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of infectious disease, combining field and laboratory studies to understand how pathogens in dynamic ecosystems are transmitted among hosts, across complex landscapes and over time.

Monday, January 30, 2023
Speaker: Damien Stankiewicz, Temple University
Title: Nationalism and the Far-Right in France
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: RAB-001

Damien Stankiewicz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University. His research examines national identity and nationalism in Western Europe, principally France. As a visual anthropologist and anthropologist of media, his research focuses especially on the role that mass media play in (re)configurations of belonging and “culture.”

Friday, February 3, 2023
Speaker: Anthony Di Fiori, University of California, Davis
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Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Anthony Di Fiori conducts long-term behavioral and ecological field research on several species in the primate community of Amazonian Ecuador to investigate the ways in which ecological conditions (such as the abundance and distribution of food resources) and the strategies of conspecifics together shape primate behavior and social relationships and ultimately determine the kinds of societies we see primates living in.

Friday, February 24, 2023
Speaker: Maria Martinón-Torres, Universidad Santiago de Compostela
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Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

María Martinón-Torres, PhD in Medicine and Surgery (Universidad Santiago de Compostela), MPhil in Human Origins (University of Bristol) and Forensic Anthropology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) is currently Director of CENIEH and Honorary Professor at the Anthropology Department of University College London. Member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1998 and Research Leader of the Dental Anthropology Group from 2007 to 2015 at CENIEH, she has research interests in hominin palaeobiology, palaeopathology and the evolutionary scenario of first Europeans.

Friday, March 10, 2023
Speaker:  John Rowan, University at Albany
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Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

John Rowan is a biological anthropologist specializing in the ecology and evolution of mammalian faunas, terrestrial ecosystems, and early hominins in the African fossil record. His work primarily focuses on the relationships between climatic, environmental, and ecological changes through time.

Friday, March 31, 2023
Speaker: Patricia Wright, Stony Brook University
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Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Patricia Chapple Wright is an American primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Wright is best known for her extensive study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Madagascar. She established the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments at Stony Brook University.

Friday, April 7, 2023
Speaker: Mary Shenk, Penn State University
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Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)

Mary Shenk is a biocultural anthropologist, human behavioral ecologist, and anthropological demographer with interests in marriage, family, kinship, parental investment, fertility, mortality, and inequality. She has conducted field research on the economics of marriage and parental investment in urban South India, the causes of rapid fertility decline in rural Bangladesh, and the effects of market integration on wealth, social networks, and health in rural Bangladesh.

Friday, April 20, 2023
Speaker: Sharika Thiranagama, Stanford University
Title: Nationalism and Collapse in Sri Lanka
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Co-sponsored by South Asian Studies Program (SASP)

Friday, TBD
Speaker: Joao Zilhao, University of Barcelona
Title:
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: RAB-001
Sponsored by Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES)