Fall 2018 Semester Colloquium Series

Free and open to the public

Pacifying Hunter-Gatherers 
Dr. Raymond Hames, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Anthropology
Friday, September 14th
Oldfather Hall, Room 827, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

Until They All Come Home: Identifying the Remains of U.S. Soldiers at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Lab, Offutt AFB

Dr. Britany Walter, DPAA, Offutt AFB

Friday, October 19th

Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

Using a Rousseauian perspective, a number of researchers have attempted to diminish the extent and importance of warfare among hunter-gatherers. In the end I argue that while war is a primitive trait we may share with chimpanzee, the ability of hunter-gatherer bands to live peaceably with their neighbors (even though war may occur) is a derived trait that fundamentally distinguishes us socially and politically from chimpanzee societies. It is a point often lost in these debates.

More than 83,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Dr. Walter will discuss the role of the forensic anthropologist in contributing to the identification of service members using human remains, and specifically speak about the commingled human remains identification project for the USS Oklahoma, a Pearl Harbor loss of more than 400 soldiers, housed at the Offutt Laboratory.

Past Events

Fall 2016 Semester Colloquium Series

  • 28 September "Craft Heritage, and Development in 21st Morocco"
  • 11 October "The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated : Landscape Archaeology in the Fayum Depression, Egypt 10,000 to 6,000 BP"
  • 28 October "Are Modern Humans a "Self-Domesticated Species"? Insights from Wolves, Demosticated Dogs, and Tamed Foxes"

Anthropology Reunion 2016 - Thursday, October 13, 2016
The first ever Department of Anthropology Reunion approaches!

74th Plains Anthropological Conference - October 12-15
The 74th annual meeting of the Plains Anthropological Conference will be held at the downtown Hilton and will be hosted by our department, Midwest Archaeological Center, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Central States Anthropological Meeting - April 6-8
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society will be hosted by our department (Dr. Wayne Babchuk, local host) on April 6-8 in the Embassy Suites.