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Grace Elizabeth Shallit Memorial Lecture

The Grace Elizabeth Shallit Memorial Lecutre series is funded by the Grace Elizabeth Shallit endowment and hosted by the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young University.

This annual lecture series has hosted many prominent scholars including Ofer Bar Yosef (2001) Ian Hodder (2002) Bruce Trigger (2003) James A. Brown (2004) Patrick Kirch (2005) Michael Coe(2006) Katherine Spielmann (2007) Barry Cunliffe (2008) Stephen Houston (2009) David Hurst Thomas (2010) Norman Yoffee (2011) Bryan Ward –Perkins (2013) Timothy Pauketat (2014) Thomas Levy (2015) Takeshi Inomata (2016) Matthew Johnson (2017) and Barbara Mills(2018).

For a comprehensive collection of historical lectures in the department, including the yearly Shallit Lecture videos, please visit our Youtube Channel . Also, for further details on upcoming events and lectures, please visit our Facebook Page.

Curtis Lebaron

Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy, Brigham Young University

Title: TBA

February 20, 2015 in B002 JFSB

Travis Cox

Department of Sustainable Living, Maharishi University

“What Does Philosophy Have To Do with Sustainability?"

January 30, 2015 in B002 JFSB

Julia Cassaniti

Department of Anthropology, Washington State University

“Mindfulness Practice: “Not about Religion, Not about Culture”?: (Re)Constructing Buddhist mindfulness in Southeast Asia"

January 23, 2015 in B002 JFSB

***If you would like to watch a video of this seminar, please contact***

Ryan Davis

Political Science, Brigham Young University

“Rational Persuasion, Paternalism, and Respect"

November 7, 2014 in 262 SWKT

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Indus civilization, Pakistan and India: New Discoveries of Textiles and Their Legacy"

September 18, 2014 at the BYU Museum of Art (Co-sponsored with the Museum of Art and Asian Studies Program)

Joel Robbins

Cambridge University

“Where in the World are Values? On How People Learn Morality and Come to Seek the Good"

September 10, 2014 in 238 HRCB (Co-sponsored with the Kennedy Center, Asian Studies, and the Department of Psychology)

Senior Thesis Symposium

April 11, 2014 10:00am-4:00pm in BRMB 270

The Senior Thesis Symposium is our forum held every semester for our seniors to present the results of their senior thesis research and fieldwork projects. For full videos of the presentations, please see the following links to each session on our Youtube Channel: Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 , Session 4 , Session 5 .

Jini Roby

School of Social Work, Brigham Young University

“The Other Side of Inter-country Adoptions: Some Untold Stories that Need to be Told” (the two videos referenced in her talk can be found here and here ).

April 2, 2014 in 262 SWKT

Beth Nakhai

Center for Judaic Studies, University of Arizona

“What do we really know about women in iron age Israel?”

March 7, 2014 in 270 SWKT

Tim Pauketat

Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


“Moon Medicine and Social History in the Indigenous Mississippi Valley”

March 6, 2014 in HBLL Auditorium

Ty Turley

Romney Institute for Public Management, Brigham Young University

“Deception and Rent-Seeking among High- and Low-Status Villagers in Sierra Leone”

February 28, 2014 in 270 SWKT

Bruce R. Bachand

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“Living Among Ruins: Diverse Cultural Attitudes Toward the Archaeological Site of Chiapa de Corzo”

February 21, 2014 in 270 SWKT

John Hawkins

Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University

“Lessons Learned from the BYU Guatemala Ethnographic Field School, 1995-2010”

January 31, 2014 in 270 SWKT

David Crandall

Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University

Cultural Obsolescence

January 17, 2014 in 270 SWKT

Ralph Brown

Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University

Crossing a Frontier by Exposing Yourself to New Ideas: Why the Search for Truth is the Hallmark of an Academic's Life

December 13, 2013 at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

Janis Nuckolls

Humanities Department - Linguistics, Brigham Young University

“Why Do Sound-Effect Words Matter?”

December 5, 2013 in B092 JFSB

Khalil Hamdan

Assistant Director of Archaeological Concessions, Jordanian Department of Antiquities, Amman, Jordan

November 13, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Nicole Foss and Laurence Boomert


“The Automic Earth - Facing the Future”

October 22, 2013 in 230 SWKT

Tahani Salhi

Director of Cultural Resources Management, Petra Archaeological Park, Petra, Jordan

“The State of Conservation at the Petra Archaeological Park, Jordan”

October 14, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Philip Bock


“Elizabethan Ethnosemantics”

October 11, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann

Department of Anthropology

“Sunken Ships and Submerged Caves: Adventures in Underwater Archaeology”

September 26, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Alan Wilkins

Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy, Brigham Young University

“Help Me Create a New Culture: Lessons from Attempts by U.S. Firms to Change Their Organizational Culture”

March 29, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Robin Shoaps

Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Re-framing Evangelicalism in Guatemalan Politics: The Work of Reconciliation in a K’iche’ Maya Prayer Service”

March 22, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Joseph Schwartz

Department of Political Science, Temple University

“Globalization and Inequality”

March 21, 2013 in 2002 JKB

Bryan Ward-Perkins

Department of History, Oxford University


A Real Economic Meltdown: The End of Roman Britain

March 12, 2013 in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium

Zachary Schrag

Department of History and Art History, George Mason University

" Ignorance is Strength: Pseudo-Expertise and the Regulation of Human Subjects Research."

February 28, 2013 in 250 SWKT

Leif Jonsson

Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University

“Revisiting the Peoples of Southeast Asia”

February 15, 2013 at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

Talk has been taken off of the Kennedy Center Website

Zachary Chase


“When Were the Wak’as of Huarochiri? Superhuman Material Agents, Colonization, and the Performance of the Past in the Central Peruvian Andes (ca. 14500-1600)”

February 4, 2013 in 262 SWKT

Chelsea Shields Strayer

Department of Anthropology, Boston Universtiy

“The Social Life of Placebos: Proximate and Evolutionary Mechanisms of Placebo and Nocebo Responses in Asante Indigenous Ritual Healing Ceremonies”

January 25, 2013 in 270 SWKT

Michael Wesch

Department of Anthropology, Kansas State University

January 22, 2013 at the Marriott Center

Here is a link to the video of a similar lecture

Ben Smith

Department of Anthropology, Vassar College

“Becoming a Chaca: A Neo-Whorfian Account of the Language-Mediated Emergence of ‘Toughness’ in Peruvian Aymara Boyhood”

November 30, 2012 in 270 SWKT

Mark Staker

Lead Curator of Historic Sites, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Joseph and Emma Smith, Material Culture, and the Physical Setting of Early Mormonism”

November 9, 2012 in 270 SWKT

Matt Yacubic


“Crafting Communities and Community Crafting Economics and Identity at Zactepen, Guatemala”

October 12, 2012 in 270 SWKT

Steven Olsen

College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, Brigham Young University

“Church Historic Sites and the Sacred Worldview of the Latter-day Saints”

October 11, 2012 in 250 SWKT

Zachary Nelson

Department of Anthropology

“Life Under the Turtle Lords: A View from Piedras Negras, Guatemala”

September 14, 2012 in 270 SWKT

Robert Garfias

Department of Anthropology, University of California - Irvine

“Japan: Balancing Tradition with ‘Nowness’ (Imameshii)”

September 13, 2012 in B135 JFSB

Zachary Hruby

Department of Anthropology, Northern Kentucky University

“Stones of Fire and Sky: A Social History of Ancient Maya Lithic Artifacts from El Zotz, Guatemala”

September 11, 2012

Ian Barber

Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand

“Making Space for a Site of Shame: The Place of Mountain Meadows in Mormon Memory and Memorialization”

June 28, 2012 in 893 SWKT

Diane Mines

Department of Anthropology, Appalachian State University

“Women, Death, and Divinity in the ‘Peasant History’ of South Indian Forest Dwellers”

March 23, 2012 in B104 JFSB

Rama Mohan

Registrar, Andhra University

“Displacement and Exclusion: A Study of Tribals in Southern India”

March 9, 2012 in 350 SWKT

Michael Harkin

American Indian Studies Program, University of Wyoming

“John White and the Invention of Anthropology”

March 2, 2012 in 350 SWKT