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The next segment in the Chautauqua Lecture Series features a lecture presented by Chip Colwell discussing “Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Balancing the Rights of Native America in Reclaiming Their Heritage.” This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place in O’Donnell Hall, of the Whitlock Building on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Colwell is the Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

He served as co-editor of Museum Anthropology and on the Society for American Archaeology board of directors. He has also held a seat on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist, American Antiquity and the International Journal of Cultural Property. 

Colwell has published more than 50 academic articles and 11 books, some of which were featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Archaeology Magazine, BBC and TED. 

He is the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, created in 2016, an online magazine discussing anthropological thinking and discoveries. Currently, he is the co-host of the SAPIENS Podcast.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, the Office of Diversity and the Honors Program.

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The 2019-20 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University will be devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of the theme, "Balance and Resilience." Speakers and presenters include a host of leading scholars and prominent figures in the fields of environmental science, history, education, psychology and counselling, politics, philosophy, anthropology and museum studies, and documentary filmmaking.