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Living Room Lectures

Cheers to Knowledge

From our homes to yours, the new Living Room Lecture series brings some learning into happy hour: each Thursday evening, a Museum expert chats about their work from their own couch, over a drink. We encourage you to raise your own glass (of an age-appropriate beverage) with our lecturer as you learn more about their research. No prior knowledge or experience is required—everyone is welcome to enjoy these casual discussions.

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View Living Room Lecture Events

Every other week, the Living Room Lecture goes live on the Museum’s Facebook page at 5:30 pm,
with an opportunity to ask questions of our experts.

To access the live-stream with a Facebook account

  • Open Facebook and search for “Penn Museum”
  • Click the “Like” button (beneath the main cover photo of the Sphinx Gallery) to like and follow Penn Museum on Facebook
  • For regular updates about this event and to leave questions for the lecturer to answer during the live-stream, RSVP “Going” in the Living Room Lecture event page (on the Museum’s Facebook page), and comment in the Discussion tab.
  • At 5:25 pm on the evening of the Living Room Lecture, go to the Museum’s Facebook page. The live-stream will begin at 5:30. Make sure you’ve got your refreshments handy!
  • At 5:30, in the bottom left corner of the screen, a small pop-up box should appear that will say, “Penn Museum is now live,” with an image of the live-stream. Click on the box to watch the Living Room Lecture. You may comment and ask questions throughout the live-stream session.

To access the live-stream without a Facebook account

  • Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow the public to watch live-stream videos if the user does not have a Facebook account. However, we are sharing recordings of these live-stream videos below—the newest Living Room Lecture video will be uploaded within a few days of the live-stream.

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Past Living Room Lectures

Brian Rose

Digging in the Mediterranean

with Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology.

Meg Kassabaum

Mound Building in North America

with Dr. Megan Kassabaum, Weingarten Assistant Curator for North America, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Steve Tinney

Exploring Ancient Mesopotamia

with Dr. Steve Tinney, Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Head of Collections and Research, and Associate Curator-in-Charge of the Babylonian Section.

George Leader

Stone Tools in South Africa

with Dr. George Leader, adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology and visiting assistant professor at The College of New Jersey.

Morgan Hoke

Infant Biological Adaptations in Peru

with Dr. Morgan Hoke, Assistant Professor and Axilrod Faculty Fellow in the Department of Anthropology.

Doug Smit

Legacies of Peruvian Mercury Mining

with Dr. Doug Smit, Senior Fellow in Anthropology and a Consulting Scholar at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center (CHC).

Katherine Moore

Zooarchaeology and Food in the Archaeological Record

with Dr. Katherine Moore, Mainwaring Teaching Specialist for Archaeozoology, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Consulting Scholar for the American Section.

Deb Thomas

Art and Experimental Ethnography

with Dr. Deborah Thomas, SR. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and Director for the Center for Experimental Ethnography.

Lucy Fowler Williams

Amplifying Native American Perspectives in the Collections

with Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Sabloff Keeper of Collections in the American Section.

Kathleen Morrisons

Human Environmental Impact in Southern India

with Dr. Kathleen Morrison, Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology, chair of the Anthropology Department, co-Director of Penn's Environmental Innovations Initiative, and Curator in the Asian Section.

Tukufu Zuberi

Transforming Narratives in the Africa Galleries

with Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Curator of the Africa Galleries, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and founder of the TZ Production Company.

Breanna Moore and Emerson Ruffin

Communicating with History Through Contemporary Art

with Breanna Moore, fashion designer and founder of the LaBré fashion line, and Emerson Ruffin, fashion designer and digital artist.

Chantel White

Ancient Wine-Making, Heirloom Seeds, and Archaeobotany

with Dr. Chantel White, Archaeobotanical Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials.

C. Brian Rose

The Founding of Rome and Roman Culture

with Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology.

Molly Gleeson

Conservation Projects and Processes

with Molly Gleeson, Schwartz Project Conservator and the primary project conservator in the Penn Museum’s Artifact Lab.

Meg Kassabaum and Morgan Hoke

The Ins and Outs of Fieldwork

with Dr. Meg Kassabaum, Weingarten Assistant Curator for North America and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Dr. Morgan Hoke, Assistant Professor and Axilrod Faculty Fellow in the Department of Anthropology.

Patty Talahongva

Resilience and Changing Stories of Native American Communities

with Patty Talahongva, Hopi journalist, documentary producer, and news executive, and Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Sabloff Keeper of Collections in the American Section.

Joshua Lessard

Designing a Museum Exhibit

with Joshua T. Lessard, AIA NCARB, Exhibition Architect and Designer.

Steve Tinney

Discovering Mesopotamian Mythology

with Dr. Steve Tinney, Deputy Director, Chief Curator, Head of Collections and Research, and Associate Curator-in-Charge of the Babylonian Section.

Jason Herrmann

Mapping Sites Underground with Digital Archaeology

with Dr. Jason T. Herrmann, Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist for Digital Archaeology in the Penn Museum’s Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM).

Consul Carlos Obrador

Protection, Documentation, and Outreach, the Work of the Mexican Consulate

with Carlos Obrador, Head Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia

George Leader

How Stone Tools Changed Human Evolution

with Dr. George Leader, adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology and visiting assistant professor at The College of New Jersey.

Marge Bruchac

Thanksgiving Myths and Indigenous Memories

with Dr. Marge Bruchac, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Faculty in Cultural Heritage, and Coordinator of Native American & Indigenous Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Heather Sharkey

Let’s Eat! The Social Consequences of Foods and Feasting

with Dr. Heather Sharkey, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marge Bruchac

Honoring Kwanzaa and the Black Roots of Storytelling

with Our Sun Paul, President of Philadelphia’s Afrocentric storytelling group Keepers of the Culture (KOTC).

David Dettmann

Extraordinary Food Finds Among Philly Asian Markets

with David Dettmann, author of the blog Asian Markets of Philadelphia, and Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies.

Adam Smith

Writings, Woodblocks, and Winged Lions: Recent Research

with Adam Smith, Ph.D., Penn Museum Associate Curator of the Asia Section.

Jasmine Johnson

Black Dance and the Politics of Movement

with Dr. Jasmine Johnson, author of Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora and Assistant Professor of Africana Studies.


Living Room Lecture Events


Mar

11

Living Room Lecture

Invisible Beauty: Displaying Archaeological Science

Thursday | March 11 | 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm ET