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Living Room Lecture

Chat with Dr. Kathleen Morrison

Thursday, May 28, 2020 |
5:30PM - 6:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Kathleen Morrison


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Living Room Lectures Series

Thirsty for knowledge? Enjoy happy hour with one of our Museum’s awesome specialists, from your own home. Living Room Lectures deliver social interaction with educational elements, and everyone is welcome. Cheers!

Kathleen D. Morrison, Ph.D., is a Curator in the Asian Section and the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology. She is also chair of the Anthropology Department and co-Director of Penn’s new university-wide Environmental Innovations Initiative.

Dr. Morrison has spent the last three decades studying the changing history of farming, food, and human impact on the natural environment in southern India. Using methods such as regional survey, excavation, and the analysis of ancient plant remains, especially pollen grains, she explores how choices about consumption and power relations lead to environmental change. In southern India, one big transition that changed diets, cuisines, and landscapes was the expansion of rice farming, a history she and members of the Penn Paleoecology Lab are studying. Recently, she’s been working with colleagues around the world to bring together archaeological data to better assess human environment impact on a global scale.

*To access the live-stream with a Facebook account

  • Open Facebook and search for “Penn Museum.”
  • Click the “Like” button to like and follow Penn Museum on Facebook—the button is immediately beneath the main cover photo of the Sphinx Gallery.
  • For regular updates about this event and to leave questions for the lecturer to answer during the live-stream, RSVP “Going” on the Living Room Lecture event page on Facebook, and comment in the discussion tab.
  • At 5:25 pm on the evening of the Living Room Lecture, go to the Penn Museum’s Facebook page. The live-stream will begin at 5:30.
  • Make sure you've got your refreshments handy!
  • In the bottom left corner of the screen, a small pop-up box should have appeared that will say, “Penn Museum is now live” with an image of the live-stream. Click the box to watch the live-stream. 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 will be sharing recordings of these live-stream videos through Penn Museum At Home. The newest Living Room Lecture video will be uploaded within a few days of the live-stream.

Free and Open to the Public

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Part of the Living Room Lectures Series