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Speaker Series

Join us for a lunch lecture every block.

Upcoming Lecture:

Block 7: Tao Liu. The Rise and Fall of Civil Society in Contemporary China: A Thirty-Year Long March.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:30 P.M.

Worner Center WES Room

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are believed to be an essential part of civil society, and are considered to play a crucial role in making a democratic regime. They are supposed to empower people and encourage mass. However, certain countries, mainly in Latin America and Asia, have had significant growth of NGOs but not yet made great progress in terms of transition towards democracy. This talk examines the brief history of NGOs in contemporary China and argues that ‘civil society’ is not only a term of ‘value neutrality’ but also a narrative and interpretation that shape and mobilize the movement of NGOs in China. Light dinner will be served. All are welcome.

A bio of the speaker:

Mr. Tao Liu is the founder and CEO of New Austral Institute of Social Development (NAISD). The NAISD is one of the leading NGOs working to progress the knowledge and action of civil society in southern China. Especially, NAISD is focusing on linking NGO practices with anthropological research. NAISD is also running a well-recommended summer school that provides training on the ethnographical research methods for junior NGO workers.

Before he came to NAISD, Mr. Tao lectured on Sociology and Social Research Methods in the Social Work Department of Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai) for four years. He holds a PhD candidateship in Anthropology of Development at University of Sussex (UK), a MA in Sociology at University of Warwick (UK) and a LLM in Law at Beijing Normal University (China). Apart from his job at NAISD, Mr. Tao also serves as the tutor of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and columnist with Social Observe.

Mr. Tao’s research interest is mainly focused on civil society in contemporary China. To explore the history of NGOs in China before and after 1949, he argues that there is a paradigm shift on the NGO industry in China. To understand this paradigm shift, one might not only explore the state-society relationship in contemporary China, but also explore the structure-agency relationship within the arena of NGO industry. Thus, while current debate on Chinese NGOs mainly focuses on the dichotomous opposition of NGOs and government, one might shed light on the role of different stakeholders within NGOs per se.


Past Lecture:

Block 6: Anna Cordova. Perpetuating Colonialism: A Critical View of the Archaeology of Indigenous Lives in North America.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:15 P.M.

Barnes Science Center #407

Join this block's public lecture with Archaeologist Anna Cordova at 12:15p.m. in Barnes 407 on Thursday, March 9. Anna is the Lead Archaeologist with City of Colorado Springs. She will be giving a talk on "Perpetuating Colonialism: A Critical View of the Archaeology of Indigenous Lives in North America".

Archaeology has conventionally been viewed as a study of the past. Information about past cultures is gleaned through the excavation and analysis of artifacts, features, and human remains. However, the harsh truth about American archaeology is that its foundations are fundamentally biased and stem from a colonial mindset based in regressive imperialism. Archaeology and anthropology have impacted American Indians in deep and profound ways. Though many of these impacts have been negative, there have been more recent efforts by both indigenous people and archaeologists to push for a decolonization of archaeological thought and practice. I will discuss the history of North American archaeology, the ways in which it affects modern American Indian people, and the necessity and benefits of incorporating the knowledge and concerns of these groups in the practice of archaeology. All are welcome.

Block 5: Shining Soul Hip Hop Group. Conversation on Solidarity in Racial Justice Activism.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

Loomis Lounge

Join our special event with U.S.-Mexico Border Activist Hip Hop Group "Shining Soul" at 7pm in Loomis Lounge on Thursday, Feb 9. The first night talk is open to all CC students, staff and faculty called "Conversation on Solidarity in Racial Justice Activism." Then there will be a concert taking place in Packard Performance Hall at 7 pm on the next day, Friday, Feb 10. CC student spoken word artists will start the show, followed the performance by the hip hop group, Shining Soul. All are welcome and dinner will be provided.

Block 4: Dr. Marina Cunin Borer, Colorado State University-Pueblo. The Diverse Experiences of Military Spouses: From Their Own Words.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:15pm-1:45pm,

Barnes Science Center #407

Dr. Marina Cunin will present an overview of her research to date on military spouses and their various experiences. Based on individual and group interviews, as well as using traditional fieldwork methods, the research highlights the diversity of groups within that particular population and explores definitions of ‘military spouse’ through the words of spouses themselves. It is suggested that these two areas are particularly significant when considering policies and services aimed at providing assistance for the array of issues affecting the military spouse community.

(Lunch will be served at noon)

Pipelines and Prejudice: from Dakota Access to Atlantic Coast Pipeline - from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Open to Public

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

Worner WES Room

Join Mac Legerton's talk on "Pipelines and Prejudice: from Dakota Access to Atlantic Coast Pipeline - from Fossil Fuels to Renewables."

Meditation Teaching: "Contemplation in Action: The Role and Power of Meditation in Individual and Social Transformation"

Open to Public

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

Sacred Grounds Coffee House

The Meditation Teaching with Mac Legerton on April 4 starting at 5pm at the Sacred Grounds Coffee House.


Past Events:

Girl Power: Ladies lead in the lemurs of Madagascar

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

Join Professor Patricia Wright, a well-known primatologist & anthropologist's public lecture on Thursday at 7:30pm in Olin Lecture Hall 1 (Under FishBall). Wright has made major contributions in the biology, ecology, conservation, and behavior of living primates, especially the Malagasy lemurs. Power dynamics are at the core of all group living, and are the foundation of politics. In decades where only chimpanzees and baboons were followed in the wild, it was believed that male dominance was “the rule” in the primate order, and this structure seemed to fit the human paradigm. However, beginning in the 1960s, Alison Jolly and Alison Richard observed that this primate “rule” was reversed on the island of Madagascar, and female lemurs took charge of decision making, while males placidly followed. In this lecture Wright will explore the dynamics of female power, using her thirty years of observing lemur behavior in the rainforest to explain how systems and politics change when females rule. She will review how growing up female in a lemur society contrasts with a male dominant society, and propose some lessons we can learn from the lemurs.

Graduate Focus Session with Professor Sarah Hautzinger & Professor Scott Ingram 

Open to CC students, faculty, and staffs

Friday, February 3, 2017, 1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m

Professor Sarah Hautzinger and Assistant Professor Scott Ingram will be leading this session, sharing their experiences on graduate studies, providing suggestions on application process, and answering any questions you may have. We would like to invite our major&minors, anthropology students, and particularly seniors who might have wanted to apply to graduate programs to join us. 

Ethnography Panel 

Reserved for anthropology people first.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:30 P.M-1:30 P.M.

As anthropology students and scholars, "ethnography" might be one of the words that we use the most. So what does it exactly mean in various contexts? On Thursday starting at 12:30pm, we will have four professors from different departments join the conversation: Sarah Hautzinger (Anthropology), Christina Leza (Anthropology), Nadia Guessous (Feminist & Gender Studies), and Devaka Premawardhana (Religion). They will share a bit about their experiences, identities, epiphanies and lessons related to fieldwork and ethnography. Lunch will be provided.

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SAS Film Screening Series

Come to join Student Anthropology Society's blockly film screening events.

Current Schedule

Block 4: Film Screening: "Documentary: Crossroads of Journalism Dreams"

Time and Location: 7pm-9pm, February 6, 2017, Cornerstone Screening Room at Colorado College

There are fewer than 10 Chinese students accepted every year by the Columbia School ofJournalism. What happens when Chinese students with a Chinese journalism background encounter contrasting journalistic ideals, ethics, and principles when they arrive in New York? When it comes to these two discrete forms of journalism, Chinese versus American, how will they choose their career after graduation? Going back to China working under censorship and staying in America trying to get a work visa, both are not easy for them. This documentary tells the story of five young people, who experienced bitterness and happiness when facing the future. This documentary will give you a glimpse on some common difficulties that international students face in the U.S. (with English subtitles).


Past Screening

Block 4: Film Screening: "Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains"

Time and Location: 7pm-9pm, December 15, 2016, Barnes Science Center 407

"Stranded" is a 2007 globally-renowned documentary film which tells the story of a rugby team from Uruguay who boarded Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571. The film features interviews with the survivors who recount their struggle to survive after the plane crashed in the Andes Mountains and were forced to consume the flesh of the deceased. Stranded was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary at the 2008 Directors Guild of America Awards.

Block 3: VIGUNGA Film Screening

Time and Location: 7pm-9pm, November 3, 2016, Barnes Science Center 407

"VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world's forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo."