2011–2012 Membership Lecture Series


Five Lectures

One of the benefits of SAR membership is the opportunity to attend the public lecture series at no charge. Each year, SAR staff members choose a theme that will provide a unique opportunity to hear speakers share their ideas on a variety of anthropology and humanities topics.

The theme chosen for 2011-2012 was “Revolutions,” which explored events large and small, past and present, that had a dramatic impact on our world. SAR was fortunate to be able to bring back a former resident scholar to kick off the series in October. Jessica Winegar was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as Egyptian citizens started an uprising that led to the country’s democratic presidential election held in June 2012.

Other topics included revolutions in paleontology, the evolution of European civilization, and global indigenous arts movements. To end the season, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alan Taylor presented a talk on what he calls our first civil war; the American Revolution.

October 2011
Revolutionary mural in downtown Cairo, March 2011 Lecture
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members Creativity and Revolution: Egypt at a Crossroads Jessica Winegar Dr. Winegar presents a look at the creative expressions of a revolution that shook the world.
December 2011
Arrowheads made of antler tines from an Early Copper Age settlement Lecture
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members Revolutions: The Age of Metal and the Evolution of European Civilization William Parkinson The evolution of agricultural villages in Europe, from their beginning in the Neolithic through their fluorescence during the Bronze Age, is the subject of this illustrated lecture.
February 2012
Piltdown Committee Lecture
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members The Fossil Chronicles: Revolutions in Paleoanthropology Dean Falk Dr. Dean Falk compares two momentous discoveries to illustrate the twists, turns, competition, and passions that have always characterized research on human origins.
March 2012
Kapa Haka (Officer Tuamaha) Lecture
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Pride, Prejudice, and Power: Indigenous Arts Movements at Home and Abroad Nancy Marie Mithlo The display, circulation, and consumption of American Indian arts has radically changed with the advent of new technologies, enhanced mobility, and awakened political sensibilities.
April 2012
Out of Many Lecture
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers The First American Civil War: The Revolution Alan Taylor Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor presents a colorful talk on the American Revolution, our first Civil War.
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