Events

Spring 2019 Semester Colloquium Series

Free and open to the public

Oh Look! More Boomerangs!: Pop Culture, Propaganda and the Post-Modern Museum 
Dr. Lee Francis IV, Publisher/Founder of Native Realities Press 
Monday, February 11th
12:00-1:15pm
Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

Zones of Sacrifice: Water Risk, Migration, and the Magnification of Climate Change
Dr. Heather O'Leary, Washington University on St. Louis
Department of Anthropology
Monday, March 4th 
12:00-1:15pm
Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

Çatalhöyük: The Bioarchaeology of an Early Farming Society in Transition
Dr. Clark Larsen, Ohio State University
Department of Anthropology
Thursday, April 4th 
TBD
Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

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
12:00-1:15pm
Oldfather Hall, Room 827, 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.

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

12:00-1:15pm

Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

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.

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

In Our Backyard: The UNL Campus Archaeology Project 
Dr. Effie Athanassopolous, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Anthropology and Classics and Religious Studies
Friday, November 9th
12:00-1:15pm
Oldfather Hall, Room 807, City Campus

Sponsors: Department of Anthropology

UNL Campus Archaeology is a team project led by faculty, students, and alumni focused upon the analysis and reassessment of historical collections from excavations carried out on the UNL campus in previous decades. The archaeological collections came from three different locations and include a variety of artifacts such as glass bottles, ceramics, metal artifacts, personal items, faunal remains, etc., dating to the late 19th and early 20th century. The archaeological materials along with historical records, such as maps, census data and city directories, can offer insight into the social and domestic life of early Lincoln, in areas that were later redeveloped by the university. We are using a variety of digital tools to document, analyze, share and present these collections. A digital exhibit for research, education and public outreach is near completion. The next step will be to develop a physical exhibit that will incorporate state of the art, interactive tools (Augmented/Virtual Reality). Our aim is to raise awareness of Lincoln’s material past and contribute to preservation efforts of local heritage.

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.