RESCHEDULED: Hearing the Unheard: How Archaeologists Share the Untold Stories of the Underrepresented

  • 11 Feb 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sumner School (1201 17th St NW)


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Speakers:  Eleanor King, Howard University; Teresa S. Moyer, National Park Service; Monica Gomez Isaac, George Mason University
Date: 11 Feb 2020

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:  Sumner School, 1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC

Pre-meeting gathering:  5:30 (see details below; registration is helpful but not required)

About the talk:

The study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture has yielded remarkable accounts about different peoples throughout space and time. But the study and practice of archaeology plays an especially important role in sharing the narratives of marginalized, underrepresented, and disenfranchised groups. By evaluating material records, archaeologists can reveal the noteworthy experiences of individuals otherwise overlooked or dismissed. This panel discussion will explore how archaeologists evaluate material records to construct accurate untold stories, validate the experiences of peoples otherwise excluded from historical sources, and develop targeted programming opportunities to share these narratives with the public.

About the speakers:

Dr. Eleanor M. King is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. An archaeologist, archivist, and educator, she specializes in the prehispanic Maya of Belize and the history of Buffalo Soldier and Apache interaction in the Southwest U.S. She has also researched and lectured on public outreach in archaeology, heritage studies, and illicit trafficking in antiquities. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000.

Dr. Teresa S. Moyer received her Masters of Applied Anthropology and her Doctor in Philosophy in American Studies from the University of Maryland. She is an archeologist for the National Park Service, where she is the national lead on outreach and education. 

Ms. Monica Gomez Isaac is a graduate student at George Mason University pursuing her Masters degree in bioarchaeology.  Her research focuses on the practice of cranial modification by pre-Hispanic civilizations in the northwest coast of Peru.  

ASL interpretation: Contact Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts at least 48 hours prior to the event if you require ASL interpretation or other accommodation for this event.

Before the meeting:  Join the speakers for dinner or snacks from 5:30  - 6:45 pm at the Edgar Bar and Kitchen, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (3 minute walk to Sumner School).

Location:  The Sumner School is located at the corner of 17th St and M St NW.  From the Farragut North Metro Station (Red Line), exit onto L St, proceed one block east to 17th St, turn left, then head 2 blocks north.  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St through the double doors under the black metal stairway.  Registration is NOT required to attend the meeting, but picture ID Is required for entry to the building.

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