Past Events - 2013

Peabody Museum Lectures, Events, & Exhibits

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

January 19

Noon–4:00 pm

Family Drop-in Event

Awesome Arctic Artifacts

February 7

6:00 pm


The Other American Revolution: Archaeology and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
Matthew J. Liebmann, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

February 16

Noon–4:00 pm

Family Drop-in Event

Mexican Flag Day Discovery Room

February 19-22

Noon-4:00 pm

Family Drop-in Event (School Vacation Week)

Mexican Flag Day Discovery Room

February 20

6:00 pm

Lecturedivination lecture

Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You

Daniel Gilbert, Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University





March 6



Knotted Cord Records and Documents in Colonial Peru: Is this ‘Rosetta’ Khipu?
Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies in the Archaeology program and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University
Presented by the Andes Initiative at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

March 14

6:00 pm


Everyday Life in Colonial Peru: Archaeology and Texts of an Early Town
Jeffrey Quilter, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

March 16

12:30 pm

Family Workshop

Ding-Dong, ¿Quién Es? Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms
Workshop tickets free with Museum admission. Reserve workshop tickets online (recommended).

April 5

6:00 pm


divination lecture

Divination Through the History of Dreaming
Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

April 20

1:00 pm

Performance and Family Workshop

Japanese Theater Masks
Tickets available online March 29




























May 1

7:00-8:30 pm


Public Lecture

Sponsored by our friends at the Semitic Museum and the Harvard Near East Society

Insurgency and Resistance: Archaeological Exploration in the Egyptian Fortress of Jaffa 

Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Ave.

May 2 5:00-7:00 pm

Exhibition Opening Reception and Book Signing

Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries

May 5 2:00 pm

Family Program

Sponsored by our friends at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Close Cousins

Discover our closest living relative, the chimpanzee with Harvard primatologist Zarin Machanda.


May 9 6:00 pm

Public Lecture

divination lecture

Foresight, Forecasting, and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia
at the Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the Semitic Museum at Harvard University.

June 6

7:00 pm

Public Lecture

Chimpanzee Futures in a Crowded World: Lessons from Western Uganda

Richard Wrangham, Ruth B. Moore Prof. of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University and Elizabeth Ross, Co-Master of Currier House

Co-sponsored by Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.

June 21 5:00-9:00 pm

Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, food, hands-on activities, and free admission to the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Semitic Museum).

















































June 27

9:00-10:00 am EDT


Photographic Moments: Past, Present, and Future in Papua New Guinea

Join Australian photographer Stephen Dupont in a lively discussion of his latest book and Peabody Museum exhibition documenting social change in Papua New Guinea.  Requires only an internet connection and pre-registration.

July 20

Noon-4:00 pm

Drop-in Family Event

Mural Madness


Thursday, September 26

6:00 pm

Public Lecture, Book Launch, and  Reception

“The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease”
Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


Thursday, October 3

6:00 pm

The Tatiana Proskouriakoff Award Lecture

"Run, Don’t Walk: Sacred Movement among the Classic Maya"

Stephen D. Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University

Saturday, October 5

12:00-4:00 pm

Special Event

Amazing Archaeology at Harvard

Wednesday, October 9

6:00 pm


Public Lecture and  Reception

"Changing the Narrative: American Indians and American Cultural Myth"
Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution


Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day)

12:00-4:30 pm

Open House

Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House


Thursday & Friday, October 10–11

Friday & Saturday, October 18–19

Film Screenings and Related Special Event

Ethnographic Film Series at the Harvard Film Archive

Saturday, November 2

12:00–4:00 pm


Special Event

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Family Event

Saturday, November 2

6:00–8:30 pm


Special Event

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Fiesta

Free tickets available for Harvard Museums of Science and Culture members (including Peabody Museum members) on October 15; tickets for non-members available on October 22

Tuesday, November 12 6:00 pm


Panel Discussion and Reception

"Food, Biodiversity, and Climate Change"

Jade D'alpoim Guedes, Harvard Anthropology Ph.D. '13,  Eli Rogosa, Director of the Heritage Grain Conservancy, and Richard Meadow, Director of the Zooarchaeology Lab at the Peabody Museum

Wednesday, December 4

6:00 pm

Public Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception

"Riders on the Storm: War Horses in Lakota Ledger Art"
Castle McLaughlin, Museum Curator of North American Ethnography, Peabody Museum







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