- Will present a talk, “Child Development and Gender Roles across Cultures,” at the New Canaan Public Library on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 6:30 pm, in the Lamb Room (151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06854). The talk is part of the “One Book New Canaan” series. Admission is free and open to the public, but you’re encouraged to register ahead of time online here. The spring book series is dedicated to examining the novel, Euphoria, by Lily King, which is roughly modeled on a brief period in the life of Margaret Mead. (You can read my comments on the novel here.)
- Presented a talk, “Raising a World of Babies; or, Promoting the Lessons of Ethnography Creatively in the Age of Trump,” at the University of Illinois/Dept. of Anthropology, March 9, 2017, at 3 pm, in Davenport Hall–Room 109 (607 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801).
- Presented a talk on “Women, Motherhood, and Power: What it takes to Empower the World’s Mothers” at Illinois Wesleyan University on Tues., March 7, 2017, at 7 PM, in room 202 of State Farm Hall (1312 Park St, Bloomington, IL 61701).
- Presented a talk on “Raising a World of Babies; or, Ethnography via Parody” at the 115th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association (Minneapolis), Nov. 18, 2016.
- Presented a talk on “Passover, Crioulo Style: Reflections on a Joint Seder among Cape Verdeans and Jews in Boston” at the Second Annual Conference on Cape Verdean Studies, organized by the Pedro Pires Institute/Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA), June 25, 2016.
- Presented an invited talk on “Cultural Evidence for Different Conceptions of Attachment” at the Ernst Strüngmann Forum on “Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment,” Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Frankfurt (Germany), April 3–8, 2016.
- Presented the Getlin Lecture on “Crossing Religious Borders: Jews and Cape Verde” to the Dept. of Anthropology and the Dept. of Religious Studies at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), April 21, 2016.
- Presented an invited talk (with Philip Graham) on “Tasting Culture, Writing Rhythm, Dreaming Worlds: Where Literature and Anthropology Meet, in Parallel Worlds and Braided Worlds” to the African Studies Research Centre at University College London, on Dec. 16, 2015 (London), 5:30-7 pm, in the IAS Common Ground Room.
- Presented a talk on “Migrations between the Religious Strange and the Religious Familiar: Contemporary Cape Verdeans’ Explorations of Their Jewish Roots” at the 114th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, on Nov. 18-22, 2015, Denver.
- Presented an invited talk on “Crossing Religious Boundaries: Jewish Cabo Verdeans?” to the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, on Nov. 6, 2015.
You can listen to the talk here.
- Presented an invited talk on “Jewish Cape Verdeans? Perspectives on a Changing Diasporic Identity” at the 3rd Annual International Conference on “The Surge of Judaism across Africa, the African Diaspora and Asia in the Twenty-first Century” at the Museum of Jewish History and Art, Paris, on November 10-11, 2015.
- Presented a talk (with Nicole Tami) on “Can Single Mothers Get through Graduate School? Mentoring ‘Private’ Challenges into Public Successes,” at the 8th Annual Conference on Mentoring, University of New Mexico/The Mentoring Institute, on Oct. 20-23, 2015.
- Presented a talk on “Jewish Cape Verdeans? Putting African Studies and Jewish Studies into Conversation” at the 1st International Conference on Cape Verdean Studies, Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA)/Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies, on June 12, 2015.
- Presented a talk on “Crossing Afro-Religious Borders: Jewish Cape Verdeans” to the Red Lion Seminar, organized jointly by the African Studies programs of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, on May 13, 2015.
- Presented a talk on “Cape Verdeans with Jewish Ancestry, and the Current Moment in Anthropology” to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) on March 13, 2015.
- Presented a lecture on “Deconstructing the Notion of ‘Education’: A View from the West African Rain Forest” as the biennial community-wide, endowed Stieglitz Memorial Lecture at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 2, 2015.
- Guest-taught course on “Anthropological Theory” (Prof. David McConnell) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 3, 2015.
- Guest-taught course on “Shamanism and Healing” (Prof. Pam Frese) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 3, 2015.
- Guest-taught course on “Doing Feminist Research: Theory and Practice” (Prof. Debotri Dhar) at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) on March 2, 2015.
- Presented a talk on “Jewish Cape Verdeans? Putting Jewish Studies and African Studies into Conversation” at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (Albuquerque) on Feb. 20, 2015.
- Presented a talk on “Crossing Religious Borders: Jews and Cabo Verdeans” at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Wash., D.C.) on Dec. 5, 2014.
- Was a discussant for a session on “Fieldwork at the End of the Day” (organizer: Susan Kenyon), an invited session of the Association of Senior Anthropologists, at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Wash., D.C.) on Dec. 5, 2014.
- Was a discussant for a talk presented by Bruno Nettl on “Remarks on the Diaspora of Musicology,” Conference on “Music, Jews & Globalization,” at the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) on Nov. 17, 2014.
- Presented a talk on “Passover, African Style: (Re-)Exploring History, (Re-) Forging Identity at a Joint Seder among Cape Verdeans and Jews in Boston” at the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Portuguese Studies Association (Albuquerque) on Oct. 25, 2014.
- Presented a talk on “Crossing Afro-Religious Borders: Jewish Cape Verdeans” to the Center for African Studies, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) on Sept. 17, 2014.
- Listen here to a talk I gave–“First Acts of Violence: Reflections on Breastfeeding and Enemas in West Africa”–at a conference on Childhood and Violence: International and Comparative Perspectives, Economic and Social Research Council Seminar Series (Birkbeck College, London) on March 12, 2010.