Monday, December 22, 2008

Free for Penn Students: Colin Renfrew Lecture

Colin Renfrew to be awarded the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award
Lecture: Combating the Illicit Antiquities Trade: the 1970 Rule as a Turning Point (or How the Metropolitan Museum lags behind the Getty)

Date: January 10, 2009; Saturday

Time: Lecture and Reception: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Location: Marriott Downtown Hotel

1201 Market Street; Philadelphia, PA

Grand Ballroom, Salon G

Cost: Free for Penn Students (contact for details)

Join SAFE for an evening of celebration honoring Professor Colin Renfrew, recipient of the 2009 SAFE Beacon Award, for his life-long service to archaeology and efforts to raise public awareness about the looting of the world's ancient heritage and the trade in illicit antiquities. The evening will commence with the Beacon Award Lecture, followed by the Beacon Award ceremony and a reception.

In his lecture, Professor Renfrew will contrast the responses of the Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the success of the Italian and Greek governments in securing from them the return of looted antiquities. He will commend the Getty's new policy and ask why the Metropolitan Museum has not followed suit. He will underline the significance of the recent decision of the Association of Art Museum Directors to follow the 1970 Rule and ask how long the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum can maintain the policies that led them to acquire the notorious "Euphronios Vase." He will also describe the ethical, intellectual and strategic framework for countering the traffic in illicit antiquities.

The 2009 SAFE Beacon Awards Lecture and Reception is co-sponsored by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Congratulations New * AUAB * Board

The Anthropology Undergraduate Advisory Board (AUAB) would like to congratulate the newly-elected board for Spring 2009! Elections were held during our Reading Days Brunch on December 9th, and we thank those of you who came out to chat, relax and munch on bagels and coffee cake with us!

So here is your NEW AUAB Board:

Benjamin Laitman, Chair
Lauren Kapsalakis, Vice Chair
Amber Weekes, Co Chair of Events/Publicist
Rachel Higgins, Co Chair of Events/Publicist
Katharine Seeger, Thesis Committee Chair
Brandi Waters, In Situ Journal Committee Chair

(Leadership Bios Coming Soon!)

Ok, not listed above? Well, you can still be a leader of the AUAB! We always invite students to get involved in planning workshops and events, participating in putting together the first edition of our undergraduate journal, In Situ, and guiding the future of the AUAB. Involvement in the AUAB is a great way to get to know the wonderful students, professors and staff of the Anthropology Department, and to prepare to run for elections next semester.

AUAB committee proposals are now being accepted. Interested in holding an Anthro - themed film series? Leading a fieldtrip to New York? Contact Benjamin Laitman (laitman at sas dot upenn dot edu) with your ideas.

Also, the AUAB is still looking for 2 underclassmen Members at Large to serve as liaisons between the AUAB and the underclassmen plebeians (just kidding! but seriously - be a liaison!). If you are interested in this position, please contact the new Chair (see above).

Finally, thank you to last year's AUAB for your involvement. We wish all you seniors the very best next semester and beyond!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fall Reading Days Brunch and AUAB Leadership Elections!

Calling All Anthro Majors and Minors,

The AUAB is announcing a STUDY BREAK happening Tuesday, December 9th at 11 am in Rodin College House Mezzanine. Please feel free to join us for a bagel brunch and good anthropological company! Bring yourself, a friend, some notes to review, your laptop...and kick back with us for a while.

Also, the AUAB is holding ELECTIONS for the Spring 2009 Leadership. Even if you are brand new to the major or minor, energetic anthro-loving students should definitely email Serena (serena1230 at gmail dot com) with:
a) your name
b) your year
c) your preferred position (Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Co-chair of Events, Thesis Workshop, Summer Opportunities, Film) AND a brief (100 words or less) statement of interest
d) your other extracurricular involvement in Spring 2009

THE DEADLINE for notifying Serena is 12 PM Monday December 8th

We hope that you will come by to hang out! Best of luck on finals to all!


the AUAB