CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Oregon State University Anthropology Lecture Series opens its fall season with “Visioning OSU as an anti-racist institution” by OSU Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander.

In response to the recent events exposing racial inequities and systemic racism across the nation, OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity is focusing their work on what it means to be an anti-racist institution and advancing and supporting the university’s efforts to achieve that. Alexander’s lecture will discuss seeing and changing the world from an anti-racist perspective.

The live virtual event will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

The fall series continues through Dec. 4 and is free and open to all. It will feature national and international guest speakers giving 30-45 minute lectures via Zoom. All events will start at 12 p.m.

  • Oct. 9: Nicole von Germeten (OSU): “Race, colonialism, and the origins of professional law enforcement in the Americas: Mexico City’s ‘Lantern Guards.’”
  • Oct. 23: Adam Schwartz (OSU): “The weight of ‘native-ness’ and unspoken Whiteness: Talking about race with White-identified Spanish professors.”
  • Oct. 30: Daniel Lopez-Cevallos (OSU): “Examining community participation in Ecuador’s COVID-19 health policy.”
  • Nov. 6: Eliza Williamson (Washington University in St. Louis): “Emergent afterlives: Zika, COVID-19, and ethnography after the outbreak.”
  • Nov. 13: Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (Brown University): “Shifting the geography of reason in Black studies, feminist studies, and anthropology.”
  • Nov. 20: Sharon N. DeWitte (University of South Carolina): “Social inequality and pandemic mortality: The biosocial context of the 14th-century Black Death.”
  • Dec. 4: Jiaju Li (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences): “Conflicts and cooperation: Race, place and memory of New Orleans Afro-American festivals.”

The School of Language, Culture and Society within the College of Liberal Arts is the primary sponsor of the lecture series. The Office of Institutional Diversity is co-sponsoring the fall portion of the series. The lectures focus on cutting edge research, current events and other projects that resonate with the OSU anthropology community. To speak at or co-sponsor the lecture series in a future term, please email Shaozeng Zhang at [email protected].

To join a virtual lecture, please enter Zoom meeting ID 918 8649 8232 with password 8c574f. To request accommodations relating to a disability, please contact Nick Blum at 541-737-4515, preferably at least one week in advance.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

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Zachary C. Person, [email protected]


Shaozeng Zhang, [email protected]

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