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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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Each 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.

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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.