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Past Events

MY REMBETIKA BLUES: Film screening and conversation with Mary Zournazi and Christopher C. King

Thursday, February 23 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Access to the film is provided upon registration for the audience to watch prior to the live event.


MY REMBETIKA BLUES director/filmmaker Mary Zournazi is joined by Grammy-winner Christopher C. King who will moderate the discussion on the film. Weaving together different stories of music and migration, the film documents the history of Rembetika music or the Greek blues. A music born of exile and the streets and developing its roots from the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century, the film gives the viewer a wealth of experiences that are often left out of the chronicles of history. The film touches on themes of loss, history, music, and family.

Access to the film is provided by our partnering group Documentary Educational Resources.


Mary Zournazi

Mary Zournazi is an Australian filmmaker and philosopher. Her multi-awarding winning documentary Dogs of Democracy (2017) was screened worldwide. Her recent documentary film, My Rembetika Blues is a film about life, love and Greek music. She is the author of several books including Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders.


Christopher C. King

Christopher C. King is an ethnomusicologist, writer, and advocate of traditional music. He has produced over 351 CD collections of folk music. In 2002 he won a Grammy in the Historical Production category. In 2018 he published a book about the traditional folk music of northwestern Greece, Lament from Epirus (W.W. Norton). He is the Editor (Chair) of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal. He regularly presents lectures for the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece and for the US State Department. In 2022 he was awarded Honorary Greek Citizenship for his work in promoting the music of Greece. He now lives in Konitsa, Epirus. Visit his website.


Sex is Complex: Discussing Sex and Gender Across Anthropology

Date: Thursday, March 23 at 6-7:30 PM ET

Fees: Free for members and non-members

Location: Online

How can anthropological expertise on sex and gender help us better understand the complexities of the world around us, particularly in the face of increasing legislation targeting transgender people and efforts at equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)? This panel discussion–featuring scholars from all four fields of anthropology–will delve deeply into sex and gender as categories, drawing on things like cross-cultural approaches, biological studies, and feminist theory. Non-anthropologists and anthropologists alike are warmly welcome!


Dr. Kate Clancy – Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Gabby Omoni Hartemann – PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais
Dr. Benjamin Hegarty – Researcher at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales
Dr. Rae Jereza – Senior Researcher at the Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab (PERIL) and Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University

​Dr. Rine Vieth, McGill University


Teaching in Times of Crisis – Creating an Authentic and Inclusive Pedagogy

Date: Thursday, April 6 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Fees: Free for members and non-members

Location: Online

As learners return to campus after experiencing considerable trauma from a racialized pandemic, we must collectively adapt our pedagogical practices and teaching methods to reach and support them “where they are.” Framing authentic learning via inclusive teaching methods entails approaching teaching as a dynamic and responsive process. Rather than thinking of inclusion or accessibility as something that can be addressed as an after-the-fact consideration, inclusive teaching demands that instructors challenge themselves to center student needs throughout their pedological design process. This presentation will provide strategies and tips for applying an inclusive design approach to pedagogical innovation and practice.


Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers

Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers is director of the RAND Corporation’s Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy. She is an expert on cultural and ethnic studies, intercultural competencies and diversity education, cultural mediation, and virtual exchange programming and a recurring speaker at the United Nations – Geneva Forum. Rogers has supported DEI in a variety of capacities, including leading training for Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)/German NATO DEU Air Command DEI (2022), participating in the White House – Year of Evidence in Action Forums (2022), and sat on the New York State Digital Equity Summits advisory group (2021). Before RAND, Rogers was a professor of interdisciplinary studies (history and anthropology) at the SUNY – Empire State College, where she held systems appointments as the Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government (2019–2020) and as a SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence Fellow (2014–2021).


World Anthropologies: Building Disciplinary Bridges and Upending Hierarchies of Knowledge

Date: Thursday, April 20 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Fees: Free for members and non-members

Location: Online

This webinar brings together scholars involved in the World Anthropologies movement to discuss the current state of this vital project with global scope. Starting with the recognition that the building of anthropological knowledge is mainly constrained both by imperial/colonial structures and the default frame of the nation-state, the session will explore methods of doing anthropology otherwise. As an AAA sponsored event, the session will focus in particular on the role of the US and the AAA. We will reflect on the extent to which USian anthropology positions itself as an (or even sometimes the!) “anthropology without culture”, as well as on how USian institutions and structures produce a USian anthropology. Within the context of efforts from within the AAA and other national or multinational bodies (notably the World Council of Anthropological Associations) and supranational bodies (notably the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences), we will discuss the struggle to decenter knowledge production from a place of privilege and domination. We will then consider how the World Anthro movement does or could build bridges with anthropologies that traverse, get around, subvert, or transcend “national” boundaries, and in particular the hegemony of the US, the AAA, and of English, and with movements that seek to queer anthropology, to decolonize it, to crip it, or to burn it down.


Monica Heller

Monica Heller is Professor emerita at the University of Toronto. She is President-elect of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société Canadienne d’anthropologie, and a past President of the American Anthropological Association. A linguistic anthropologist, her work focusses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, with a focus on francophone Canada.

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro

Gustavo Lins Ribeiro is Full Professor of the Department of Cultural Studies, Autonomous Metropolitan University – Lerma, Mexico and National Researcher Emeritus of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology. Professor Emeritus of the University of Brasilia. He was a visiting professor in Argentina, Colombia, France, South Africa and the US. His fields of research include topics such as development, international migration, internet, globalization, transnationalism and world anthropologies.

Virginia R. Dominguez

Virginia R. Dominguez is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Anthropology (and member of the Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Caribbean Studies faculty) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also co-Founder and consulting director of the International Forum for U.S. Studies (established in 1995) and co-editor of its book series, Global Studies of the United States. A political and legal anthropologist, she was president of the American Anthropological Association from 2009 to 2011, editor of American Ethnologist from 2002 to 2007, and president of the AAA’s Society for Cultural Anthropology from 1999 to 2001.

Mwenda Ntarangwi

Mwenda Ntarangwi, PhD. is a cultural anthropologist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a B.Ed. (Language Education) and MA (Swahili Cultural Studies) from Kenyatta University in Kenya and a MA and PhD (Cultural Anthropology) from the University of Illinois, USA. Ntarangwi is widely published on popular culture, youth culture, African Christianity and the practice of anthropology and a sought-after speaker globally. Some of his publications include: The Street is my Pulpit: Hip Hop and Christianity in Kenya (2016); Reversed Gaze: An African Ethnography of American Anthropology (2010); and East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization (2009). He is a past president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology.

Faye V. Harrison

Faye V. Harrison is Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is Past President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and played a role in founding the World Anthropological Union. Considered a member of an earlier “decolonizing generation” in U.S. anthropology, she edited the influential Decolonizing Anthropology and is the author of Outsider Within: Reworking Anthropology in the Global Age along with many other publications that address the history, politics, and sociology of anthropological praxis. In 2022 she received the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Bronislaw Malinowski Award.

Carmen Rial

Carmen Rial is a full professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, a researcher at the CNPq (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development), chair of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Brazilian Football Studies, directs the Center for Visual Anthropology/Research Group on Urban Anthropology (NAVI/GAUM), and is the immediate past chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.


Emily M. Metzner

Emily M. Metzner, PhD, MPH, holds a World Anthropologies Seat on the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) at the American Anthropological Association. She is an Academic Editor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Social Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.