Material Culture

2017 May 03

SIZE MATTERS: Knowledge, Storage, and the History of Compression

11:25am

Location: 

Barker Center, Room 133

Does compression have a history?

Alongside a cognitive challenge of “too much to know,” information overload poses a physical challenge of “too much to store.” Indeed, the possibilities of “big data” today are predicated on technologies that compress data into ever “smaller” sizes. On the one hand, major libraries such as the NYPL, coping with spatial shortage, have increasingly emphasized the provision of digital resources – shifting physical collections off site, and in the process sparking heated debates with researchers. On the other hand, the possibilities of digital… Read more about SIZE MATTERS: Knowledge, Storage, and the History of Compression

2017 Mar 27

Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Christopher Dean, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, Division of Biosciences and Professorial Research Associate, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London

In 1912, British paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward and amateur antiquarian… Read more about Piltdown Man, the Missing Link: Exposing the Motives and Methods behind a 100-Year-Old Hoax

2017 Mar 21

Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Lee D. Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Frederic Ward Putnam, one of the Peabody Museum’s… Read more about Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

2017 Mar 07

Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project, Duke University

Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, the term “fetish… Read more about Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”

2017 Apr 06

Mahindra Center Keynote Panel: Technical Landscapes: Aesthetics and the Environment in the History of Science and Art

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Location TBA

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Peter L. Galison
Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University
Title: What Are Technical Lands?

Caroline A. Jones
Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology… Read more about Mahindra Center Keynote Panel: Technical Landscapes: Aesthetics and the Environment in the History of Science and Art