Thursday 1 August 2013, 12-1pm  
UQ Anthropology Museum
Level 1 Michie Building (9), St Lucia Campus

Although completely removed from Oceania, the Field Museum's Pacific Anthropology Department has established itself as a prominent research unit. This presentation discusses how Chicago became and continues to be an important mecca for anthropology and a gateway for research in the Pacific. Topics include:

Events and influences from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893;

Research and curation conducted by noted anthropologists such as George Dorsey, Franz Boas, F.C.           Cole, A.B. Lewis, Alexander Spoehr, Roland Force, Fred Reinman and John Terrell;

A brief overview of 90,000 Pacific objects acquired thorough expedition, purchase and gifts; and

The Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum webpage ( which digitally         presents its collections, researchers, projects, findings, and stories. 

The presentation will also highlight the Dorsey Collection displayed in the Anthropology Museum's current exhibition Musical Landscapes of Lihir and will conclude by discussing why museum anthropology is important to both researchers and the public.

The Presenter

Dale F. Simpson Jr. was awarded the 2008 Regenstein Pacific Collection Internship at the Field Museum of Natural History.  He is a current Centennial Scholar and Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at the University of Queensland, an anthropology instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, and an instructor for Archaeological Outreach on Easter Island.      





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