Past Events - 2015

Peabody Museum Lectures, Events, & Exhibits

All events were free and open to the public, except where noted below. All lectures were at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, except where noted below. If you missed a lecture, check here for an audio or video recording.


Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Public Lecture

Crops, Water, and Climate Change: What Can We Learn From The Maya?
Cahners Theater, Museum of Science, Boston
William L. Fash, Jr., PhD, Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University; Douglas Kennett, PhD, professor of environmental anthropology, Pennsylvania State University; Timothy Beach, PhD, professor and C.B. Smith Centennial Chair, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin; Vernon H. Scarborough, PhD, Professor of Complex Society and Sustainability, Water, Department of Anthropology University of Cincinnati

Maya programs co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Thursday, February 19    6:00 pm
Gordon R. Willey Public Lecture

The Origins of Maya Civilization: New Insights from Ceibal
Takeshi Inomata, PhD, professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Daniela Triadan, PhD, associate professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona

Maya programs co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Monday, March 9, 4:30 pm
Special Event and Reception

Crossing Indigenous Boundaries
Bain Attwood, Professor, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University
Nicholas Bradley, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Victoria
Philip Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan

Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm
2015 Hallam L. Movius, Jr. Public Lecture and Reception

Volcanic Winter, Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution
Stanley H. Ambrose, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, March 26, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

The Allure of Collecting Arms and Armor 
Donald J. LaRocca, Curator, Department of Arms and Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

Life at Colonial Harvard: The Archaeological Evidence
Diana Loren, Director of Academic Partnerships and Museum Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Patricia Capone, Museum Curator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture and Book Signing

Ethnobotany in the 21st Century
Michael J. Balick, Vice President for Botanical Science, The New York Botanical Garden

Thursday, April 16, 6:00 pm 
Public Lecture

Understanding Warfare: An Evolutionary Approach 
Michael L. Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Saturday, April 25, 1:00-3:00 pm
Family Program

Warrior Moves

Monday, April 27, 6:00 pm
Public Lecture

Museum Conversations: Working across Disciplines at MoMA and the Exploratorium

Leah Dickerman, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and Tom Rockwell, Director, Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco 

Friday, May 1, 3:00-4:00 pm

Special Event

Musical Hues
Dudley World Music Ensemble

Tuesday, May 5, 6:00 pm 

Public Lecture

Teeth and Human Evolution
Tanya M. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Wednesday, May 13, 5:15 and 6:15 pm
Member Event

Members Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Peabody Museum



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