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Anthropology encompasses a number of historical and comparative approaches to human cultural and physical variety, ranging from the study of human evolution and prehistory to the study of cultures as systems of meaningful symbols. Anthropology involves, at one extreme, such natural scientific studies as anatomy, ecology, genetics, and geology; at the other, various social sciences and humanities ranging from psychology, sociology, and linguistics to philosophy, history, and comparative religion. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in archaeology as well as linguistic and sociocultural anthropology.

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Anthropology encompasses a number of historical and comparative approaches to human cultural and physical variety, ranging from the study of human evolution and prehistory to the study of cultures as systems of meaningful symbols. Anthropology involves, at one extreme, such natural scientific studies as anatomy, ecology, genetics, and geology; at the other, various social sciences and humanities ranging from psychology, sociology, and linguistics to philosophy, history, and comparative religion. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in archaeology as well as linguistic and sociocultural anthropology.

    Poetry After Kerch: Representing Jewish Mass Death in the Soviet Union

    Poetry After Kerch: Representing Jewish Mass Death in the Soviet Union

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    Harriet Murav, professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses the history of Jews in the Soviet Union.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture

    The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture

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    Timothy D. Taylor, professor of Ethnomusicology and Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses his book "The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture." Taylor tells the story of an infectious part of our musical culture and tracks the use of music and jingles in American advertising for nearly a century. He traces its presence from variety shows like "The Clicquot Club Eskimos" to the rise of the jingle, the postwar rise in consumerism, and the more complete fusion of popular music and consumption in the 1980s and after.

    • 28 min
    Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of Disorder

    Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of Disorder

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    Jean Comaroff, an anthropologist who is a leading expert on South Africa, its societies and cultures, gave the 2011 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture on Tuesday, May 17, at the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall.

    Comaroff, the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology and the College at the University of Chicago, presented the talk, "Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of Disorder.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Russian Duo Performance

    Russian Duo Performance

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    Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, give a concert of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs.

    • 30 min
    The Recent Revolution in Cultural Economics

    The Recent Revolution in Cultural Economics

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

    The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East

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    The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday reveals a cross-section of unsung, dynamic men and women pioneering political and social change. There is the Kuwaiti sex therapist in a leather suit with matching red headscarf, and the Syrian engineer advocating a less political interpretation of the Koran. MacFarquhar interacts with Arabs and Iranians in their every day lives, removed from the violence we see constantly, yet wrestling with the region's future.Neil MacFarquhar has been the United Nations bureau chief of The New York Times since June 2008. From November 2006 to May 2008, he was a Times national correspondent, based in San Francisco. He was the Middle East correspondent for the paper, based in Cairo, from 2001 until 2006.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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