Illustrated Curator Talks

Join us for a special series of talks featuring the curators of Navigating Knowledge: A Journey Through Museum Collections. All talks take place at the museum and are included with regular admission. They're free for members and UO ID card holders.
Curators Deuppen, Gallagher, and Iddrisu
Left to Right: UO faculty curators Stephen Dueppen, Daphne Gallagher, and Habib Iddrisu
El Niño, Canoes, and Currents: Ancient Seafaring in the Pacific
Thursday, March 15 | 3:00 p.m.
with UO archaeologist Scott Fitzpatrick
For millennia, people have traveled across seas and oceans to settle new lands—and these contacts have dramatically altered the course of human history. MNCH associate director Scott Fitzpatrick, an expert in the human colonization of the Pacific Islands, will discuss some exciting clues that archaeology is revealing about the environmental and social reasons behind ancient seafaring. 

Hunting and Empire in Medieval West Africa
Wednesday, April 11 | 3:00 p.m.
with UO archaeologist Stephen Dueppen
International demand for animal products like leather, ivory, and furs encouraged medieval West African empires to expand complex trade relationships both within Africa and with Europe. Explore new data from archaeological sites in Senegal and Burkina Faso–and the central role African societies played in interregional medieval commerce.

Soil in Space
Thursday, April 26 | 3:00 p.m.
with UO paleontologist and Condon Fossil Collection director Greg Retallack
Journey to outer space and explore ancient soils on Mars–and the theory that they gave rise to life beyond Earth.

In the Eye of the Beholder: Symmetry and Attractiveness in Monkeys

Thursday, May 10 | 3:00 p.m.
with UO anthropologist Frances White
Join Frances White, curator of the Grand Primate Collection at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and explore relationships between appearance and mate selection among nonhuman primates.

The Mapas Project: Indigenous Pictoral Manuscripts of Early Mexico

Wednesday, May 23 | 3:00 p.m.
with UO historian Stephanie Wood
Mesoamerican mapas are pictorial manuscripts created by Indigenous communities to document their histories and relationships with place. Join University of Oregon researcher Stephanie Wood for a discussion of the nature and evolution of mapas during 300 years of Spanish occupation— and learn how the UO's Wired Humanities Project is expanding digital access to these key cultural resources.