Boston University Symposia in Memory of Dr. Mary Beaudry

​From the Archaeology Program at Boston University:

Symposia in Memory of Dr. Mary Beaudry

Both events require registration for in-person and remote attendance.

 1.) “Findings: Material Culture And The Immaterial” 

April 22, 2022

​-2:30 – 5:00 pm, followed by a reception

-Location: Ladd Room, HAW202, 23 Hawes Street (Fenway Campus)

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-Guest Speakers:

The Temporary, the Short-Lived, and the Fleeting: Making Sense of the Materiality of the Ephemeral

Carolyn White, University of Nevada, Reno

Witch Bottles: Constituting Self and Other in the Practical Magic of the Early Modern Household

Zoë Crossland, Columbia University

Time and the Materiality of Duration

Ann Stahl, University of Victoria

The Subversive Poetics of Mary C. Beaudry

D0 an Hicks, University of Oxford

 2.) “Pots And Pans, Bodkins And Trowels: Reflections On Mary Beaudry”

-April 30, 2022

-1:00 – 5:00 pm, followed by a reception

 -Location:  Eichenbaum Colloquium Room, RKC101, CILSE

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-Guest Speakers:

The Interdisciplinary Life of Mary Beaudry 

Rebecca Alssid, BU​Gastronomy

Pots, Pans, and Stills: Millet’s Ancient Journey from Nile, Veneto, and Whole Foods 

James McCann, BU History

Bodkins, Beads, and Buttons: Dressing the Part in 17th-Century Massachusetts 

Diana Loren, Harvard

Pots, Pans, and Labor: A Birds-Eye View of the History of the Kitchen in America 

Nancy Carlisle, Historic New England

Finding Feminist Meaning in Cooking and Its History  

Barbara Haber, Writer, Food Historian

Panelists: David Carballo, Jacques Pépin, Ed Bell, others to be announced
Sponsors: BU Center for the Humanities
Archaeology Program​
Department of Anthropolog​y
College of Arts and Sciences
Metropolitan College
Gastronomy Program
Program in Food & Wine

Alicia Odewale: “Developing an Antiracist Archaeology for the Next Generation” (April 15th, 2022, 3-4:15 PM)

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Dr. Alicia Odewale is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. She specializes in African Diaspora archaeology in the Caribbean and Southeastern United States. Since 2014 she has been researching archaeological sites related to Afro-Caribbean heritage on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands but continues to research sites of African heritage in Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi. While she continues to research both urban and rural sites of enslavement in St. Croix, her latest research project based in Tulsa, OK seeks to reanalyze historical evidence from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, launch new archaeological investigations in the historic Greenwood district, and use radical mapping techniques to visualize the impact of the massacre through time on the landscape of Greenwood, utilizing a slow community-based approach. Her research interests include the archaeology of enslavement and freedom in urban contexts, Caribbean archaeology, rural and urban comparative analyses, community-based archaeology, ceramic analysis, transferware studies, mapping historical trauma from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and investigations into different forms of cultural resistance. Her research has received awards and support from the American Anthropological Association, the National Science Foundation, the Society of Historical Archaeology, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). In addition to her role as faculty, she also serves as the director of the Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies Laboratory at TU and serves as the co-creator of the Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix that trains local students in archaeological methods and other STEM related skills for free.

This webinar is part of the series New Directions in Caribbean Archaeology.

“Fake: Another Gallery of the Inauthentic”

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World is proud to host another exhibition of and about fakes, replicas, copies, facsimiles, and forgeries. Everything in our gallery is not what it claims to be. The curated pieces, ranging very widely over diverse cultural domains from art to numismatics and medicines, are intended to prompt the questions: What makes a fake fake? And, how can one really know?

As the late Italian semiologist Umberto Eco argued, “There certainly exist tools, either empirical or conjectural, to prove that something is a fake, but […] every judgment on the question presupposes the existence of an original that is authentic and true, against which the forgery is compared; however, the real cognitive problem consists not only in proving that something is a forgery but in proving that the authentic object is just that: authentic.”

The curated pieces are intended to prompt also the more troubling questions: “What makes the authentic authentic? Who gets to decide? And why?”

On view in the first floor of Rhode Island Hall from April 15th-May 30th, 2022.

Conversations at the JNBC: Gina Borromeo and Jan Howard (April 14th, 2022, 6-7 PM)

This weekly series brings together local artists, architects, writers, thinkers, musicians at the Center for Public Humanities to discuss their work with the public, every Thursday at 6 pm. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and a convivial gathering in a fairly intimate setting. 

Today: RISD Museum curators, Jan Howard and Gina Borromeo, will share the RISD Museum’s process for deaccessioning a bronze head of an oba from Benin in preparation for its return to Nigeria.

The Conversations Series is funded by the Marshall Woods Lectureship Foundation of the Fine Arts.

*All individuals – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks indoors, unless in a private, non-shared space or when actively eating. In addition, social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained when unmasked. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Event attendees, including visitors and guests, must comply with all COVID-19 University policies and protocols in place at the time of the event.

Archeological Collaboration: April 11, 6-7pm

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Please join us in welcoming James Quinn, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and Jay Levy, the Archaeology Field Supervisor for the Mohegan Tribe, as they introduce their methods to decolonize archaeology through the Mohegan Tribe Field School. The Tribe introduces cultural practices and traditional knowledge to students during their first years of archaeological studies hoping to develop a sensitive and respectful way for them to engage Indigenous people.

About the speakers:

Jay Levy has been working for the Mohegan Tribe for 23 years. He has been involved with many subfields of anthropology for the tribe, Linguistic, Cultural, and currently Archaeology for the Mohegan Tribal Historic Preservation Office. He is a Native American Tribal Representative monitoring federally funded projects protecting cultural and natural resources. He identifies, documents, and preserves archaeological sites and sacred places on Mohegan lands. He also develops educational programs for the tribal community that include integrating Indigenous ideology, tribal tradition, and cultural protocol into land conservation. He is an Indigenous person from Colombia, South America and resides on his wife’s (Pequot/Narragansett Indian) ancestral territory in Connecticut.

James Quinn is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) and Archaeology Program Manager for the Mohegan Tribe. He is a Mohegan tribal member and has been working for the Tribe since 2006. His work as THPO focuses on working with federal and state agencies, local governments, and land and environmental conservations groups to identify, document, and preserve historic, archaeological, and sacred Mohegan sites throughout the Mohegan ancestral homelands. His work as the archaeological manager includes co-directing the semi-annual Mohegan Archaeological Field School, surveying tribal lands, and conducting archaeological research for the Tribe. He also works with tribal youth educating them about the importance of preservation and maintaining connections to Mohegan lands.

Supported by generous donors to Shepard Krech III Lecture Fund.