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Lectures and Seminars Events

  • Working Spaces

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    The presentation examines how the expansion of the world-economy and the botanical economy of cotton, sugar, and coffee created distinctive slave plantation landscapes in nineteenth century Mississippi, Cuba, and Brazil. Using visual sources, it discusses how the physical organization of these working spaces regulated the interaction of the environment, the material conditions of production, and slave labor.

  • Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

    Eggers Hall, 220

    Sam Quinones, Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction, will present at this year's Lourie Lecture.

  • “ ‘If he is converted’ “: A New Spanish Feather Work Ecce Homo in Southeastern Africa

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    Both pre-invasion and viceregal New Spanish (Mexican) feather works were rapidly and globally disseminated through religious and family networks, in the early modern period. This paper explores the little-known history of a devotional feather work Ecce Homo sent from Portugal to southeastern Africa in 1569.

  • The Archaeology of Eighteenth Century Historic Households in Central New York

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    The Historic Households of Central New York project focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of the Indigenous and white settler colonialist populations moving into this region following the Revolutionary War through geophysical survey and small-scale excavations of homesteads identified through historic markers. we examine domestic spaces and daily life as the locus for the creation of new routines, relationships, and identities as people adjusted to life in a new landscape. These contexts are also useful for assessing the impacts people had on the region, including the establishment of villages and educational institutions that persist today.

  • A Stamp on the Seafloor/Un Sello en el Fondo del Mar

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    In July 2017, Ruben Santana died in a spearfishing accident off the coast of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. This short ethnographic film chronicles his life and the events of his death through the voices of his colleagues, for whom Ruben was deeply loved.

  • State of Democracy Lecture on The State of Congress: Looking Toward the Mid-Terms

    Maxwell Hall, Auditorium

    State of Democracy Lecture with Sarah Binder, professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, who specializes in Congress and legislative politics. Dr. Binder will discuss, "The State of Congress: Looking Toward the Mid-Terms."

  • A Doleful Place Indeed, for the Site of a Future City

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    Shifting power dynamics and infrastructural development within the city of Syracuse have long intertwined with geographic adjacency and the ability to control water resources. A population’s social and economic standing correlated to their proximity to areas subjected to flooding and other negative consequences of a water-rich landscape.

  • Misremembered Massacre: Simon Pokagon’s Indigenous Account of the Battle of Fort Dearborn

    Maxwell Hall, 204B

    The Battle of Fort Dearborn is commonly portrayed as a foundational event in the early history of Chicago. Typical historical narratives describe the battle as a massacre of innocent white settlers by blood thirsty Potawatomi warriors.

  • The archaeological record of the African diaspora in Brazil

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    Archaeological research carried out in slave quarters in Brazil in the last twenty years has revealed a large and diversified assortment of material items, including ceramic vessels, ornaments, recycled items, and faunal remains. In this presentation, I will contrast these items with those found on African-American and African-Caribbean contexts.

  • Uncertainty in Motion: Rumors of a Proxy War in Late Industrial Baltimore

    Maxwell Hall, 204

    Until 2016, South Baltimoreans debated a proposed incinerator. Those debates were manifestly about local land use, but rumors spread that something else was really going on. Opponents supposed the company behind the plant was secretly owned by a power-player in the waste-to-energy sector, while supporters swore opponents must be bankrolled by Big Landfill.