Race, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series

This year-long lecture series explores the concept of race and the representation of cultures in museums from the perspectives of human evolutionary biology, archaeology, social anthropology and museology.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Presented in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University as part of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology's 150th anniversary.  See all Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 150th anniversary events.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
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, November 3, 2016,  6:00 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anxieties about Race in Egyptology and Egyptomania, 1890–1960
Donald Reid, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Georgia State University

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
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

Race, Representation, and Museums