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  • Oct
    Costly and Cute: Helpless Infants and Human Evolution
    Oct. 24th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    218 Gore Hall
    Karen Rosenberg, Department of Anthropology, featured speaker at Cognitive Science Get-Together. Anthropologists traditionally interpret human infant helplessness as a result of selective pressures for early birth to allow our large brained infants to pass through the bipedal pelvis; cultural adaptations such as fire, clothing, shelter and shared childcare allow them to survive. Dr. Rosenberg argues that in addition to these costs, early birth and helplessness have the benefit of exposing infants to social, emotional and other stimuli in the rich extra-uterine environment and that this has important implications for cognitive development. Following the presentation, the forum will open for social interaction and networking. 
  • Oct
    Guest lecture - Dr. Rafael Estrada Mejía "Living the Life: Fear, Privatism, and Presentism in Elite Brazilian Condominiums and US Gated Communities"
    Oct. 25th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Gore 208 (Reception will follow)
    Since the 1970s, luxurious enclosed housing developments have proliferated throughout Brazil and have become one of the preferred housing options for the elites. In this presentation, gated communities are studied as the new version of the colonial Portuguese fort with four main functions: to render impossible the entrance of the undesirable; to hide the existence of strategic wealth, to offer surveillance of the enemy, and to defend its resident from public life and the assumed excessive, marked sociability that characterizes life outside the walls. Dr. Estrada Mejía compares the main characteristics and functions of gated communities in Brazil and the United States—where this housing type originated.  
  • Oct
    “Representing Amazon Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue,”
    Oct. 26th, 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
    Old College Gallery
    Perspectives on "The Ese’Eja People of the Amazon: Connected by a Thread" with Carla Guerrón-Montero, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, and Monica Dominguez Torres, associate professor, Department of Art History. More information can be found by viewing the UDaily artilce at  
  • Oct
    A DIALOGUE WITH STUDENTS Humanitarian Government and the Management of the (Un) desirables: The Case of Colombian Refugees in Brazil
    Oct. 28th, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    Gore 115 (Event limited to students)
    This talk addresses the role of humanitarian intervention as a means for control and policing in the management of those deemed (un)desirables. Based on a micro-political approach and ethnographic fieldwork with Colombian refugee populations in the city of São Paulo (Brazil), Dr. Estrada Mejía examines the political, economic, and social consequences of the years 2000-2010, the period with the largest displacement of Colombian refugees in history. He seeks to visualize the characteristics and relationships of contemporary urban spaces such as shelters in the processes of subjectivation of refugee populations. 
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    Mr. Galasso is an agriculturalist responsible for U.S. Government plant health policy relating to international trade in grain, including cereals, pulses and oilseeds, since 2008.  He also represents U.S. interests to the North American Plant Protection Organization and the International Plant Protection Convention (FAO).  His duties focus on promoting safe trade in grains through extensive collaboration with industry, researchers, foreign government agencies, and international plant protection organizations. 

    He previously served as the Regional Vice President, Europe and North Africa for the trade association US Wheat Associates (USW), posted in The Hague, Netherlands from 2004-08.  He also served as the USW Regional Director in North Africa, based in Casablanca, Morocco from 1995-2004, and Assistant Regional Director for South America, based in Santiago, Chile from 1991-1995.  Prior to USW, Mr. Galasso was an agricultural economist with the Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA in Washington, DC from 1988-1991, and worked as a Peace Corps agricultural economist in the Marketing and Credit Division of the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture, based in Kingston from1985-87.

    Mr. Galasso has a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Geology from the University of Delaware and holds a Master's degree from Michigan State University in Agricultural Economics. At UD he undertook research correlating LandSat digital imaging with prehistoric artifact distribution in the Murderkill, Mispillion and St. Jones watersheds of Delaware. 

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  • Alexandra Zafiroglu, Ph.D.
    Experience Architect and Anthropologist Intel Corporation

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