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Distinguished Lecture Series

Bridging Themes Speakers

Each year, the department invites four speakers to present their research related to one of the four Bridging Themes in the department. The Department regularly brings in outside speakers as part of the Distinguished Lecture series.  Some of these speakers are brought in to give lectures that relate to one of our four Bridging Themes, or as part of a regular celebration of Women’s History month.

Upcoming Events

February 11, 2019

Bruce Winterhalder
Professor of Anthropology
University of California-Davis

(Bridging Theme Lecture – Evolution and Ecology)


Panelists:  Sheela Athreya, Deborah Bolnick, Jon Marks

Department of Anthropology Mini-Symposium & Luncheon
“Pop Culture Racism? Identity and the Dangers of Genetic Ancestry Testing
Location:  Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center
Time:  10:00 – 2:30


Recent Lectures

Carolyn White
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Department of Anthropology
University of Nevada – Reno

“On People and Things: Identity and Objects in Transatlantic Perspective”
(Bridging Theme Lecture – Technology & Material Culture)
April 10, 2017

Quentin Mackie
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria

“Recent Developments in the Late Pleistocene Archaeology of the Coast of British Columbia, Canada”
(Bridging Theme Lecture – Dispersals, Diasporas and Migration)
February 20, 2017

Steven Churchill
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke University

“In the company of killers: Neandertals and carnivores in Ice Age Europe”
(Bridging Theme Lecture – Evolution and Ecology)
October 25, 2015

Women’s Week Speakers

Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts – Amherst

“Be Content to Stand in the Light”: Black Feminist Archaeology in Praxis”
March 7, 2017

“It Is the Mothers Who Seem to Count”: A Black Feminist Perspective of the Damnation of Women by W.E.B. Du Bois”
March 7, 2017

Kate Clancy
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

“’I’ve always thought about leaving’: The Effects of Harassment and Assault on Female Scientists’ Careers”
September 28, 2015

“Ecological Contexts in the Study of Women’s Reproductive Functioning: Insights from the U.S. and Rural Poland”
September 28, 2015