Event Archives

Events Archive

Book Talk: The Torture Letters by Laurence Ralph

Fri, Mar 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

Torture is an open secret in Chicago. Nobody in power wants to acknowledge this grim reality, but everyone knows it happens—and that the torturers are the police. Three to five new claims are submitted to the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission of Illinois each week. Four hundred cases are currently pending investigation.


Clifford Geertz Commemorative Lecture - Lost and Found

Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 4:30 pm

Title: "Lost and Found"

This lecture concerns the way that lost objects swell in our imagination to take on a life of their own and destabilize reality, begging for alternative forms of writing (and lecturing), especially the making of lists.

Anthropology Day!

Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 12:00 pm

Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by  joining us on Anthropology Day.  

Forest Mathematics: Unstable Sets in Indigenous Amazonia

Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

Aparecida Vilaça is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Vilaça studies socio-cultural changes among indigenous peoples in Brazil, with an emphasis on conversion to Christianity and schooling.  She has carried out ethnographic research among the Wari’ people in Southwestern Amazonia for...

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

On Brazilian Authoritarianism: A Book Forum with Lilia Schwarcz

The Poetics of Indigenous Amazonia: Flutes, Spells, Necklaces, and Manioc

Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 4:30 pm

In this talk, Fausto elaborates on an Amazonian aesthetics that expresses itself through a regime of small intervals, producing variation by means of minimal differences. Fausto proposes that this aesthetics is not only foundational of indigenous Amazonian visual and verbo-musical arts, but also orients Amazonian peoples' practical engagement...

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

The Powers of African Spirituality in Global Consciousness: Light, Vision, & Truth Conference

Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 10:00 am

This interdisciplinary conference will host priestesses and priests from the Akan sacred path who work in Ghana, the U.S., and elsewhere across the globe - as well as scholars working on related topics. We will explore the recent revitalizations of African spirituality - especially, Akan practices - in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

Amazonian Leapfrogging: Long-term Vision for Safeguarding the Amazon for Brazil and the Planet

Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 2:00 pm

An International Symposium

Location: 399 Julis Rabinowitz Building

The Ethical Stance and the Possibility of Critique

Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 4:30 pm

Critique is an assertion of values pitted against a state of affairs.  To say that things should not be the way they are--to respond to questions such as ‘Why do I think this political or economic arrangement is wrong (and why should I care?’) implies an ethical stance.  Critique thus draws together fact and value, domains that a long tradition...

Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall

Public Security and Democracy in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities

Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Ilona Szabó and Deborah Yashar.

Location: 144 Louis A. Simpson Building