I hope this post finds you well, and enjoying the holiday season!
The Material Culture Focus Group has been staying active and having fun over the past few months. In September we had our annual potluck dinner with students and faculty, and in October we visited the UW Dairy Barn to learn about the history of the building and the discovery of Vitamin D. Most recently, we completed a mini-series of pottery courses at Wheelhouse Studios in the Wisconsin Union.
There will be more fun activities and events to look forward to when we return in January. Sarah Carter from the Chipstone Foundation is planning an object-based workshop for us, and we will be hosting TWO special lectures! Dr. Paula Lupkin from the University of North Texas will be here in March (exact date TBD) to talk about her recent work on the cultural landscapes of beer, and Dr. Michael Dietler from the University of Chicago will be here on April 10th to give his lecture entitled: “Material Culture and Colonial Encounters: Consumption and Entanglement in Ancient Mediterranean France.”
More information to come soon - we look forward to seeing you at some of these events!