Past Events

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 12:15–1:30 PM

Mèt Kò Veye Kò:
Foreign Responsibilities in Haiti’s IDP Camps

Mark Schuller
African American Studies & Anthropology
Department of Social Sciences
CUNY/York College

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing at least 230,000 people and rendering one in six people homeless. Despite the enormous infusion of post-quake aid, why was Haiti so unprepared for a deadly epidemic of cholera? What is the current situation in Haiti’s internally displaced person (IDP) camps? What can we as foreign citizens do about this?

Location: Honors Center
Co-sponsor: Latin American & Caribbean Studies

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 3:15–4:30 PM

Aging in the Land of Youth & Beauty: Research in Florianópolis, Brazil

Diana Brown
Anthropology Program
Bard College

This paper explores tensions in contemporary Brazil between a culture of beauty, youth and fitness on the one hand, and a rapidly aging population on the other. Fieldwork from the city of Florianopolis focuses on a senior citizens group formed to promote healthy aging through exercise and social activities, and how members of this group, the local elite, and the Black community, relate to Brazilian beauty culture.

Location: Honors Center
Co-sponsor: Anthropology Club, Latin & Caribbean Studies

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 5:00–6:30 PM

Hegel Amongst the Pharaohs: The Dialectic Design of Royal Afterlives in Ancient Egypt

Karin Andriolo
Department of Anthropology (Emerita)
SUNY–New Paltz

From early on, pharaoh’s postmortem destiny was markedly different from that of everybody else. During the Late Kingdom, priestly attempts to forge meaningful connections between the two kinds of afterlives, hit upon an ingenious, dialectical solution, which was depicted (the first graphic novel!) in some of the tombs in the Valley of Kings.

Location: Honors Center

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1:45–3:00 PM

Learning Affect, Embodying Race:
Youth, Blackness, and Neoliberal Emotions in Newark, Puerto Rico, and Brazil

Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas
Departments of Anthropology and Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Rutgers University

How do feelings intersect with everyday evaluations of racial difference and ongoing processes of racial learning under neoliberalism? Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Latin American migrants and U.S.–born Latinos in public high schools in Newark, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, this paper analyzes affective worlds as a roadmap to racial encounters and racialization practices.

Location: Honors Center
Co-sponsor: Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Campus Auxiliary Services

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 5:00-7:00 PM

How To Pull Off a (Sort of) Successful Archaeological Hoax:
The Sordid, but Silly Tale of the Cardiff Giant

Ken Feder
Department of Anthropology
Central Connecticut State University

When in October 1869, an upstate New York farmer uncovered the remains of what appeared to be a giant man whose body had turned to stone, hordes arrived to see the giant for themselves—despite the pronouncement by archaeologists and geologists that this was a fraud. More than an entertaining story, however, the Cardiff Giant also provides valuable insights into the nature of archaeological deception.

Location: Lecture Center 108
Co-sponsor: Campus Auxiliary Services