Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Events

The anniversary begins with free museum admission and birthday cake and continues with a year-long public lecture series on race, a major new exhibition in April about the museum’s significant role in the invention of American anthropology, and even more events through fall 2017.

See all of the lectures in the free public series: Race, Representation, and Museums.

Ongoing
150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
Ongoing during Fall and Spring Semesters (excluding Harvard University vacation breaks). 
Tours resume Friday, September 9, 2016.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Smashing Agassiz’s Boulder
Joseph L. Graves, Jr., Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Biological Sciences, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture 
Science, Education, and Character: Reflections on the First Fifty Years of the Peabody Museum, 1866–1916
Curtis Hinsley, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of History and Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Open House
Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Get Them before They’re GoneFrom Collecting Cultural Objects to Collaborating with Communities
Joe Watkins (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Walking Backward into the Future: 30 Years after Te Māori
Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall & John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art,The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Exposing Latent ImagesDaguerreotypes in the Museum and Beyond
Ilisa Barbash, Curator of Visual Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Understanding Human Variation: Then and Now
Maryellen Ruvolo, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology; Affiliate Member of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University; Associate Member of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00 pm
Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire
Magnus Fiskesjö, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life "Fetish"
J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Duke University

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
Lee D. Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Monday, March 27, 2017, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods Behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax
Christopher Dean, Professor of Anatomy, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Anxieties about Race in Egyptology and Egyptomania, 1890–1960
Donald Reid, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Georgia State University

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00 am
Exhibition opens to the public
All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
Race, Representation, and Museums Series Public Lecture
Seeing and Seeing through Museum Exhibits: Lessons from Cape Town and Washington, D.C.
Corinne A. Kratz, Emory Director, African Critical Inquiry Program, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and African Studies, Emory University

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 pm
Free admission to the Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History in honor of the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 
The Magic of Java
Related exhibition: All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology, opening April 22.

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00 pm
Free Public Lecture
Curiouser and Curiouser: Why Twenty-First-Century Wonderlands Need Anthropology Museums More Than Ever
Ruth Phillips, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottowa; Visiting Professor of Art History, Yale University
Related exhibition: All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology, opening April 22.