Inside the Peabody Museum February 2017


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Spring: Race Lecture Series Continues, The Natural History of Your Favorite Foods, and a New Exhibition

Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire   

Digital Archaeology Conference Open to All  

HMSC Spring Guide

Spring: Race Lecture Series Continues, Natural History of Your Favorite Foods, and a New Exhibition

This semester, the Peabody event schedule is packed. The year-long lecture series Race, Representation, and Museums marking the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary continues, starting with a talk on museums in China (see the next story for details), and continuing with Piltdown Man, a 100-year-old hoax; and race and Egyptomania among others. In April, bring the family to the Natural History of Your Favorite Foods and The Magic of Java. Also in April, the renovated fourth floor galleries will reopen with a new exhibition about the Peabody Museum's history and its significant influence on the creation of American anthropology.  
See the complete schedule of events.

Magnus Fiskesjo

Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire 

The official Chinese view of China’s history and national identity has been transformed in recent decades from a tale of revolutionary class struggle into a story of ancient and unbroken national and imperial glory. This shift can be discerned in both new and restored Chinese museums and memorial sites commemorating recent and past heroes. Anthropologist Magnus Fiskesjö of Cornell University will discuss the current boom in China’s "culture industry" and what it tells us about changes in the Chinese conceptions of national and cultural identities.  
Event details  

Digital Archaeology conference


Digital Archaeology Conference Open to All

Register for the free conference “Critical Perspectives on the Practice of Digital Archaeology” on February 3 at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Digital data can help archaeologists engage with wider communities, explore new research questions, and create and preserve a vastly enriched body of archaeological documentation. Does our celebration of speed, efficiency, precision and innovation sometimes make technology a superficial distraction rather than a substantive means toward learning? How do we encourage more meaningful intellectual engagement with new media as they transform archaeology? This conference is an opportunity to consider how our embrace of digital technologies is transforming archaeological practice.
Information and registration. 

Image credits:  Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University. Digital archaeology logo derived from Creative Commons licensed images by Guilherme Furtado and Stefano Corradetti. © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.