2009–2010 Membership Lectures

Pirates, Primates, and Prosperity: New Insights on Wealth

Inspired by the global economic crisis, we have invited top-notch scholars to explore notions of value and wealth from an anthropological perspective.

Download the 2009–2010 Membership Lecture Calendar (full spread) (PDF, 1 MB)

April 2010
Capuchin Monkey Lecture
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members The Evolution of Monetary Irrationality Laurie Santos (Yale University) Monkeys make “human” economic errors, and some human financial errors are evolutionarily ancient.
March 2010
Meditating Monk Lecture
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron? Donald Swearer (Harvard University) …Buddhism is as concerned with worldly pursuits and aspirations as with otherworldly mysticism.
February 2010
Pu with Openwork Interlaced Dragons Design Lecture
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm The Circulation of Wealth in Bronze Age China Lothar von Falkenhausen (University of California–Los Angeles) … archaeological evidence offers the best hope for understanding the rise of imperial states in China and Central Eurasia during the late first millennium B.C.
November 2009
Cylinder jars found in Pueblo Bonito Lecture
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6:30–7:30 pm Turquoise, Trumpets, and Tchamahias: The Wealth of Chaco Canyon John Kantner (School for Advanced Research) … what we know about Chacoan notions of wealth and value and how these concepts changed over time.
October 2009
“Buccaneer of the Caribbean” Lecture
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members X Marks the Spot…Or Does It? Fact and Fiction in the Study of Piracy Russell Skowronek (University of Texas–Pan American) … popular, romanticized ideas of pirates and piracy are compared to evidence uncovered by archaeologists.

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