The Department of Anthropology at Georgia State is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture. Anthropology students and faculty at both GSU and the University of Illinois, Chicago are welcomed to attend!



“Engaging Urban Communities with a Natural History Museum: Challenges and Opportunities”

Dr. Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago)


January 21 at 5 pm on Webex

*Webex invitation to follow momentarily to this listerv*


Watch your email for the Webex link that will grant you access to this lecture, and be sure to RSVP so that the talk is added to your calendar.

For the first time, we will host a virtual lecture that links GSU Anthropology (Atlanta) with UIC Anthropology (Chicago).

Come for what promises to be an excellent and timely talk – and for some intellectual community in anthropology across our cities!



About Dr. Wali:


Dr. Alaka Wali is Curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Between 1995 and 2010, she was founding Director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change at the Field. In this role she pioneered participatory social science research and community engagement through museum practice. Currently, Dr. Wali curates the North American collection at the museum, which includes contemporary and urban material, and leads the curatorial team renovating the North American exhibition hall. Her many previous exhibitions include Looking at Ourselves: Rethinking the Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman and Living Together: Common Concerns Different Responses, as well as a number of exhibitions co-curated with contemporary Native American artists such as Bunky Echo-Hawk: Modern Warrior (with Bunky Echo-Hawk), Drawing on Tradition: Kanza Artist Chris Pappan (with Chris Pappan and Justin Richland), and Omni Wakan: Lakota Artist Rhonda Holy Bear (with Rhonda Holy Bear and Justin Richland). Additionally, Dr. Wali is author of the books Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem (2001) and Kilowatts and Crisis: Hydroelectric Power and Social Dislocation in Eastern Panama (1989) as well as numerous articles in journals such as American Anthropologist, Museum Anthropology, and Ecology and Society.


Jennifer Patico

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

Georgia State University

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