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Public talk is at 4pm in Hale 230, titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence”

Reception following at 5pm

2015 Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology
University of Colorado, Boulder
Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University
4pm, Friday, February 13, 230 Hale Sciences

What happens when an anthropologist with deep commitments to ethnography in local communities finds her
subjects caricatured and catapulted to the center of popular media attention? Can ethnography unsettle the
political common sense? In this lecture, anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod will reflect on the passionate and
polarized after-life of her attempt to intervene in debates about Muslim women and their rights. Her latest
book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, was intended to present alternatives to the highly mediated public
production of “the Muslimwoman” through a mix of ethnography and critical analysis. Yet the book was
greeted with silence by the targeted U.S. liberal public. Two unanticipated marginal counter-publics took up
the book–one with rage and the other with touching and personal affirmation. What can this tell us about
public ethnography, and about the paradoxes of transnational feminism?

Anthropology Brown Bag Series – Danni Merriman, ‘ Interrupting Historical Memory, Stories of Colombia’s ongoing War ‘

12pm, Hale Reading Room, 450

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Unmanned Aerial Systems for Archaeological Applications.
The Department of Anthropology and the Research Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) of the University of Colorado-Boulder have agreed to construct and test a specialized Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for archeological applications. Gerardo Gutierrez, Eric W. Frew, James Mack and Steve Lekson are joining expertise and resources to design an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) dedicated to recording multi-spectral remote sensing and aerial photogrammetric data on geophysical, archaeological, and human landscapes. This project will promote academic cooperation between the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering & Applied Science and is a response to the Grand Challenge Imagination Summit promoted by UCB.

This group has also committed to develop a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system carried by an unmanned aerial vehicle for civilian applications. As early developers of mapping UAS, we are in a unique position to lead other spatially oriented disciplines in the application of this technology for recording, surveying, measurement, and management of human activities and impacts on any landscape and ecosystem. Our students will be leaders in this field of knowledge. They will learn how to design and manufacture new space and earth technologies applied to Cultural Resource Management.

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