623[BSW] Chocolate story in Post + Next meeting: "Ethnobotany, Material Culture, and Linguistics"
- Feb 12, 2014Recent Washington Post story about our most recent BSW speaker, Ben
At Potomac Chocolate, local chocolate-maker turns beans into bars
Our next meeting will be on March 4 at 7 PM. The speaker will be
Jonathan Amith. A flyer for the meeting can be found here:
Jonathan D Amith (Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University, 2000) is an
anthropologist, linguist, ethnobiologist, and historian. He will be
presenting his work and will show a film which he co-produced.
This documentary is about an elderly Nahuatl-speaking man, Silvestre
Pantaleón, and provides a window into a precarious world of rapid change:
the demise of an endangered language, a shifting local ecology, and the
displacement of local crafts by commercial manufactures. Approaching
ethnobotany from the perspective of linguistics and material culture
creates an opportunity to explore the impact of the aforementioned changes
on how local flora is talked about and used.
Location: VZ Conference Room WG33 (West Wing-Ground floor) Smithsonian
Institution, National Museum of Natural History
ALL ARE WELCOME
Light refreshments will be served
Pre-meeting dinner: 5:30 pm at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant,
1201 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. (202-347-7707), diagonally across from the
Old Post Office Pavilion at 12th and Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the
museum. Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue) is the closest Metro Station and
Metro Center (Red/Orange/Blue) is nearby.
If you do not have a Smithsonian badge, please let Robin Everly
(everlyr@...) know by March 3 if you are coming to the meeting so that
she can arrange for badges.