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Unless noted, all lectures are free of charge and open to the general public

Courtesy of Zoland Books

Murder in the Museum of Man
Reading and book signing with Alfred Alcorn
Tuesday, April 1, 1997 6:00 p.m.
Romer Hall, 26 Oxford Street
Free admission

To celebrate the publication of Alfred Alcorn's third novel, Murder in the Museum of Man (Cambridge, Zoland Books), please join us in Romer Hall for a reading by the author, followed by a reception. Alfred Alcorn, Manager of the Travel Program, has been integral to the Friends of the MCZ international travel program since 1987. He has received critical acclaim for his earlier novels, The Pull of the Earth, and Vestments.


Stelae, Mummies, Pickled Apes, and WASPs:
The Peabody Museum, 1866-1997
Lecture with Irven DeVore

Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Professor DeVore, Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology and director, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, will give the second lecture in a series exploring the rich and varied traditions of the four parent museums of the MCNH.


A Memorial Lecture in Honor of Roger Tory Peterson
with E. O. Wilson

Sunday, April 13, 4:00 p.m.
Science Center, Harvard University, Lecture Hall B, 1 Oxford Street

Join us for a special afternoon as we commemorate the legacy of world-renowned naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and author Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996). His Field Guide to the Birds revolutionized bird-watching when first published in 1934. Through his artistry, writing, and teaching, Peterson introduced generations to the study and enjoyment of nature and was a pivotal figure in the movement to conserve our natural world.

In his lecture, E. O. Wilson, Mellon Professor of the Sciences, Curator in Entomology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Pellegrino University Professor, will share his personal recollections of Roger Tory Peterson and his work.

Cosponsored with Houghton-Mifflin, Inc., the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Nuttall Ornithological Club, and the Office of the University Marshal.


Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and its Art
Lecture and book signing with Allen Wardwell
Thursday, May 1, 8:00 p.m.
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Please join us for the second George Peabody Founder's Lecture featuring Allen Wardwell, head of the Primitive Art Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. The lecture will be followed by a champagne reception.


A Tale of Two Ancient Cities:
Long-Distance Trade and Dynastic Ties Between Teotihuacan,
Mexico and Copan, Honduras

May 2-4
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Symposium sponsored by the Peabody Museum and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and organized by Professor William Fash, Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology. Please call (617) 495-2269 for details.


Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape
Lecture and book signing with Frans Lanting

Wednesday, May 7, 6:00 p.m
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Wildlife photographer Frans Lanting and primatologist Frans de Waal have collaborated on the book Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape to provide the first detailed description for the general reader of this peace-loving member of the great ape family. Mr. Lanting will discuss his photography and the bonobos' place in natural history. His images include rare views of the bonobos in their native habitat in Zaire and from captive populations in zoos and research facilities.

Frans Lanting's work appears regularly in National Geographic, Life, National Wildlife, and other magazines. His books include Madagascar: A World Out of Time (1990), and Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (1993).

Cosponsored with the Boston Camera Club, Fuji Photo Film USA, and the University of California Press.

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Peabody Lecture/Luncheons
and Behind-the-Scenes

Textiles of the World - Spring Sessions

Courtesy of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Photograph by Hillel Burger

Spring sessions will focus on Native American textiles in the collection of the Peabody Museum. Accompanying each lecture is a behind-the-scenes session, offered two weeks later, featuring an examination of textiles from storage. Each lecture is preceded by a luncheon at noon and concludes by 2:00 p.m. Space is limited; waiting list only for behind-the-scenes. MCNH members $20 per event; non-members $25. All sessions begin in the Hall of the North American Indian. For more information call Catherine Linardos at (617) 495-2269.

American Southwest
Navajo and Hopi Blankets
Anne Hedlund
Research Associate, Denver Art Museum,
and Associate Professor of Anthropology,
Arizona State University, Tempe

March 27, 1997 - Lecture-luncheon
April 15, 1997 - Behind-the-scenes
(sold out)

Eastern North American
Native American Textiles
Penelope Drooker
Cataloguer, Collections Department,
Peabody Museum

April 29, 1997 - Lecture-luncheon
May 13, 1997 - Behind-the-scenes
(sold out)

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Special Programs



Saturday, May 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

This year MCNH is participating in ARTS FIRST, an annual performance fair at Harvard University featuring the student community. Join us on May 3 for our special program, Arts in Science and Culture. In our galleries, we invite you to create animal masks and dinosaur puppets, and design colorful murals and Maya huipils. This open house includes free admission for families; enter at 26 Oxford Street. For more information, call (617) 495-2341.


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