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2018 Seminar Series


January 17, 2018
Dr. Amy Firestone, U.S. Department of Labor, VZ Conference Room (WG 33), NMNH. 12:00pm.
Seminar Jan 17

2017 Seminar Series

June 14, 2017
Javier Carrera Rubio, NMNH Research Associate. Rose Room, NMNH. 12:00pm.

May 18, 2017
Susanne Unger, American University. "Shepherds at the Crossroads". Rose Room, NMNH. 12:00pm.

May 11, 2017
Ingrid Ahlgren, NMNH Postdoctoral Fellow. "Marshallese weaving patterns: Encoding class, clan and change through design". Cooper Room, NMNH. 12:00pm.

April 11, 2017
Ioane Uia John Patolo, Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Culture and Society, AUT University, International Centre for Language,
Revitalization, Auckland, New Zealand. Cooper Room (E207-A), NMNH, 12:00pm.

January 25, 2017
Dr. Ives Goddard, Senior Linguist Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Rose Room (Rm 337), NMNH, 12:00pm.


2016 Seminar Series

November 30, 2016 - watch video
Ferdinand De Jong, University of East Anglia. "Archiving after Empire: The Muslim Heritage of Saint-Louis, Senegal". 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH.

November 9, 2016 - watch video
Dr. Stéphanie Leclerc-Caffarel, Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History. "The paradoxical nature of early museum collections from Fiji". 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH.

October 17, 2016
Chris Patrello, PhD Candidate, University of Rochester, Peter Buck Predoctoral Fellow, NMNH. "Indigenous Accounts: Local Exchange and Global Circulation along the Northwest Coast", 12:00pm, Cooper Room, NMNH.

June 9, 2016 - Watch Video
Sergio Jarrilo De La Torre, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pacific Ethnology National Museum of American History, "The Trobriand Tales: a Repatriation Project", 12:00pm, Rose Room (Rm 337), NMNH.

May 17, 2016
Christopher Moore, Ph.D. candidate in History, Indiana University, "Politics of Ethnographic Film: Jorge Prelorán and the case of Valle Fértil (1965-1972)", 12:00pm, Cooper Room (E-207A), NMNH












April 28, 2016 - Watch Video
Adrianna Link, Johns Hopkins University, "The Legacy of Urgent Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian ‘Urgent Anthropology’ Conference, April 1966", Rose Room (rm 337), NMNH, 12:00pm

April 26, 2016 - Watch Video
Peter Whiteley, Curator, North American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History. "Boas, Cultural Relativism, and the History of the AMNH Northwest Coast Hall". Rose Room, (rm 337), NMNH, 12:00pm

March 24, 2016
Biliir Aboriginal Performance, Q?rius Education Center, NMNH

February 17, 2016
Timothy Thurson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution. "No Laughing Matter: Language, Comedy and Modernity in post-Mao Tibet. Rose Room (rm 337), NMNH, 12:00pm


2015 Seminars

November 12, 2015
Javier Carrera Rubio, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park. "Voices of a Yanomami Myth: A Dialogical Approach to the Study of Verbal Art". Cooper Room (Room E207-A),NMNH, 12:00pm.

December 10, 2015 - Watch Video
Brian Hochman, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University. "The Passamaquoddy Experiment: The Lives (and Deaths) of Early Ethnographic Recordings". Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, 12:00pm.poster












2015 Seminar Series - Complete

October 20, 2015
Theresa L. Miller, Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow. "People-plant engagements: exploring past and present indigenous crop cultivation in the Brazilian Cerrado". Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, 12:00pm.
seminar poster

September 30, 2015 - Watch Video
Gabriela Pérez Báez, Vicky Funk, Kenia Velasco Gutierrez, Tom Hollowell, Kate Riestenberg. "Virtues and challenges of collaborative and interdisciplinary research: Lexico-botanical documentation with a Zapotec community". Rose Room, Room 337, NMNH, 12:00pm.

September 8, 2015, 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH
Narayan Prasad Sharma, Researcher, Linguistic Society of Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. "Puma: An Overview of Rites of Passage and Some Linguistic Features".

Tuesday May 26, 2015, 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH - Watch Video
Eduardo Rivail Riberio, Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, NMNH

Tuesday April 28, 2015, 12:00pm, Rose Room, NMNH
Dr. Mary S. Linn, Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday April 2, 2015, 12:00pm, Kirby Room, NMNH - Watch Video
Dr. Scott Heyes, Assistant Professor, Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra, Research Associate, Smithsonian’s NMNH Arctic Studies Center Watch Video

Tuesday March 10, 2015
Dr. Anita C. Herle, Senior Curator Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 12:30PM, Rose Room, NMNH

Thursday February 26, 2015
Helena Beeley, University of Oxford, Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, , 12:00noon, Rose Room, NMNH


Recovering Voices Seminar Series

The Recovering Voices seminar series is a free monthly series open to the public. Some seminars will also be webcast. The series features scholars discussing a wide array of topics related to language and knowledge revitalization. If you are not a Smithsonian badge holder you may need a visitor badge to access the seminar space.  To request a badge, please contact Recovering Voices.

Smithsonian Spotlight

The Smithsonian Spotlight is a monthly public lecture series hosted by the Alaska office of the Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. Alaska Native artists and scholars give diverse presentations on art, culture, history, languages and science. Highlights of 2014 will include Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph on restoring an historic totem pole; Chenega residents (Sugpiaq) on the devastation caused by the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and tsunami; and Iñupiaq scholar Roy Agloinga on the new Qawairaq Iġałuik Iñupiaq dictionary.

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A Cultural Planet

The lecture series A Cultural Planet brings recognized community members and scholars to the Smithsonian to give public presentations, which explore the relationship between cultures and their environments. By using a cultural lens to explore environmentally grounded work, we aim to increase public understanding of the diversity of cultural/environmental knowledge.

Cultural Planet Seminar Series

"Challenges to Livelihood Resilience in the Anthropocene: Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management in a New Guinea Mining Area" Jerry Jacka March 7, 2014, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

"Collaborative methods to understand the history and ecology of the Klamath-Siskiyou Region-Incorporating Tribal Knowledge with Scientific Inquiry" Frank K. Lake, April 25, 2014, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Past seminars

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

You can access materials from past RV seminars by visiting our Multimedia page:

  • Screening of the film “Silvestre Pantaleón: The story of an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustín Oapan, Guerrero, Mexico” presented by Dr. Johathan D. Amith (Gettysburg College) January 20.
  • “Hupa Dialects and Revitalization: Archival data in the contemporary community” presented by Justin Spence (UC Berkeley). March 21.
  • “Indigenismo occupied: Developmentalism and '68 radicalism in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1969-1975” presented by Shane Dillingham (University of Maryland, College Park). April 1.
  • “Language Documentation and decipherment” presented by Dr. John Justeson (University at Albany). May 6.
  • “Belonging to the Navel of the World. Or, how a glocalisation study on a Rapanui youth generation became an exhibition on a historic archaeological expedition and an interest in museum collection digitization” presented by Dr. Olaug Irene Rosvik Andreassen (Fellow in Museum Practice, Smithsonian Center of Education and Museum Studies). September 12.
  • “Loss, Life and Imagistic Rituals: a Yolngu experiment with video art” presented by Dr. Jennifer Deger(Research Scholar at the Center for Religion and Media, New York University and a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Experimental Art). September 20.
  • “Step Out of Your World: An Introduction to the Global Lives Project” presented by Chris Evan Harris (Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project). October 6.
  • “Owls and Cannibals, tobacco and turtles: recovering linguistic and cultural knowledge with the NAA corpus of Meskwaki texts” presented by Dr. Amy Dahlstrom (University of Chicago). December 6.
  • “Recovering and Preserving Indigenous Knowledge: Making a Dictionary of an Endangered Language” presented by Dr. Sarah G. Thomason (U. Michigan). January 11.
  • “Sound Policies: Slaves, modern subjects, and the regimens of English in the colony” presented by Dr. Janina Fenigsen (U. Michigan). February 23.
  • “The changing system of personal naming in Sumba, Indonesia: 'Bloody Thursday' in Linguistic, Cultural and Historical Context” presented by Dr. Joel C. Kuipers (GWU). April 5.
  • “Our Way of Making an Exhibit: Yuungnaqpiallerput/The Way We Genuinely Live” presented by Dr. Ann Fienup-Riordan (Curator, Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuine Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival Research Associate, Arctic Studies Center). Held in partnership with Artic Studies Research Center. April 16.
  • “Fit for a King: Yup’ik Eskimo Garments in European Royal Circles” presented by Chuna MacIntyre (Yup’ik Artist and Performer). Held in partnership with Artic Studies Research Center. April 18.
  • “The Kensington Runestone: True or False?” presented by Dr. Henrik Williams (Upsala University). held in partnership with Artic Studies Research Center. September 23.
  • “Museums as Places of Encounter” presented by Dr. John Terrell (Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology, at the Field Museum of Natural History). December 10.
  • “Managing Indigenous Cultural Heritage Information in Alaska: Practical Insights from 30 Years’ Work with the ANCSA 14(h)(1) Collection” presented by Dr. Kenneth L. Pratt (ANCSA Program Manager Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Region). September 21.
  • “Cultural Based Planning and Participatory Action Research in Hawai’i and Pacific Islands” presented byDr. Luciano Minerbi (U. Hawai’i) (Held at NMAI). December 30.