Sept 16, 12:30-2pm – VCC lecture by Monique Scott, “Envisioning African Origins: Race, Evolution, and Identity in the Natural History Museum”


Monique Scott
Director of Museum Studies
Bryn Mawr College

“Envisioning African Origins: Race, Evolution & Identity in the Natural History Museum”

How is Africa envisioned in the natural history museum? This talk explores how human origins exhibitions and their museum visitors work to mutually produce anthropological ideas about Africa. This is a product of dynamic interplay between museum iconography and popular folklore circulating outside the museum that often continues to stigmatize African people as evolutionary spectacles.

Calendar of Visual Culture Lectures, Fall 2015

Nov 13-14, Graduate Group Symposium – “Bright Lights, Big City: The Development and Influence of the Metropolis”


The Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics and History of Art is pleased to announce its Tenth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium, “Bright Lights, Big City: The Development and Influence of the Metropolis.” This student-run Symposium brings brings together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to present their research related to concepts of the Metropolis.

Visit the Symposium website for more details.

Sept 8, 12:30-2pm – Grad Group Welcome Back Luncheon, London Room

Please join us for the traditional welcome (back) lunch of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. This is a chance to reconnect after the summer vacation and to meet the new students.

The lunch will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the London Room, from 12:30-2:00pm.

Please feel free to come late or leave early if your teaching commitments do not allow you to be present for the entire time. The event has been scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday, as usual, this semester in order to avoid a conflict with a lecture sponsored by the Center for Visual Culture on September 9, 2015.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this first gathering of the Graduate Group this academic year.

May 1, 2015 – Grad Group Gathering

Please join us for a celebration of the end of the academic year!

The event will begin at 4:30 PM in Thomas 224, with presentations by four students about their ongoing research:

Jamie Richardson (History of Art)
Rachel Starry (Archaeology)
Abbe Walker (Classics)
Amy Wojciechowski (History of Art)

At 5:30 we will adjourn to a festive reception in the London Room.