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Friday Scrapbook April 12, 2019

Here are a couple things on a warm and quiet Friday:

Student Research Presentations

Graduate Students in ANG 6421 Landscape – Place – Dwelling will present their final papers on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in 1208A Turlington Hall Conference Room, from 10:00 am-12:30pm.  See schedule below.  Everyone is welcome to attend one, some, or all of these presentations.

10:00-10:15    Ben Smith: “Indexing Places of Memory: A New Perspective on the Movement of Raw Stone Materials in the African Late Pleistocene”

10:15-10:20    Q&A

10:20-10:35    Kevin McDaniel: “Wayfinding in the Late Formative Amazon Rainforest: Reading Plants as Indexes of the Other”

10:35-10:40     Q&A

10:40-10:55    Emily Bartz: “Encircling the Sacred, Appropriating the Dead: Suturing the Past to the Present at Archaic Stallings Island, Middle Savannah River Valley”

10:55-11:00    Q&A

11:00-11:10    break

11:10-11:25    Jessi Jenkins: “Shell Mound’s Shells: Shifting Indexes at a Persistent Place on Florida’s Gulf Coast”

11:25-11:30     Q&A

11:30-11:45    Amber Grafft-Weiss: “Kingsley Plantation as a ‘Landscape in Process’: Background and Foreground in the Quotidian Lives of Enslaved Africans”

11:45-11:50    Q&A

11:50-12:05    Simon Goldstone: “Placemaking Jewish Identity: A Landscape Analysis of Jewish Cemeteries in North Florida”

12:05-12:10    Q&A

12:10-12:30    Discussion


Upcoming Talk

“Museums Seeding Authority: a paradigm for practice of justice and generosity.”

Join museum thought-leaders for a conversation about what decolonial museum practice looks like nationally and internationally, and a conversation about recent projects that are positively impacting Indigenous communities and museums.  The presentation will be Thursday, April 18th at 4:00pm in the Smathers Library, room 100.

Speakers include: 

  • Noelle Kahanu, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Noelle Kahanu is a Native Hawaiian writer, artist, film-maker and scholar. From 1999-2014, she worked at Bishop Museum in Honolulu where she was deeply involved in facilitating relationships between the museum and the Hawaiian community that resulted in scores of programs and exhibitions. These included the renovations of Hawaiian Hall (2009), Pacific Hall (2013), and the landmark exhibition, E Kū Ana Ka Paia (2010). Noelle holds a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She joined the American Studies Department of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2014 as an assistant specialist in Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian programs. In this role she engages in community outreach, grant writing and management, and teaches courses on Museums and Education and Indigenous Curation.

  • Ben Garcia, Museum of Man, San Diego, CA

Ben Garcia (MS Ed.) is Deputy Director at the San Diego Museum of Man. He has worked for sixteen years in various roles as an arts educator, museum educator, exhibit developer, and administrator. His museum experience includes six years in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, three years as Associate Director of Education at the Skirball Cultural Center, and three years as Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. He has presented and published on the museums as they relate to learning, public value, decolonization, undoing institutional racism, and social change. He is a steering committee member of Museums & Race and a member of the Advisory Board for the Adoption Museum Project.


Enjoy your weekend,


Pete Collings

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Interim Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida