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"Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Treasures," a lecture by Chip Colwell, PhD, Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 

TIME: 6:30pm 

LOCATION: Francis Hall 102 (Segner Auditorium) 

Texas A&M University 


Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. This controversy has exploded in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their heritage from more than one thousand museums across America. Many still question how to balance the religious freedoms of Native Americans with the academic freedoms of American scientists, and the arguments continue on about whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys humanity's common heritage. This talk presents a new book, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture, a personal journey that illuminates how repatriation has transformed both American museums and Native communities. This story reveals why repatriation law has become an imperfect but necessary tool to resolve the collision of worldviews between scientists and Native Americans-to decide the nature of the sacred and the destiny of souls. 


Dr. Chip Colwell is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has held fellowships with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Endowment for the Humanities, and US Fulbright Program. He has published more than 50 scholarly articles and chapters, and 9 books. His work has been highlighted in such venues as The New York Times, The Denver Post, Archaeology Magazine, and garnered numerous awards, including the National Council on Public History Book Award. He is the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, an online magazine dedicated to anthropology for the public. 

Dr. Colwell's visit to College Station is made possible by funding from the Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage from the Archaeological Institute of America. This lecture is free and open to the public. Please feel free to invite friends, family, students and colleagues!


Prof. Kevin Glowacki

Interim Director, Center for Heritage Conservation

Texas A&M University 




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 “An Archaeologist’s Eye: Drawing the Parthenon Metopes” 

A lecture by Prof. Katherine A. Schwab (Fairfield University) 


DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2017

TIME: 5:30pm

LOCATION: Memorial Student Center (MSC) Room 2406

Texas A&M University



This lecture explores the art and architectural history of the Parthenon, in Athens, Greece, through an analysis of a vital element of the temple’s symbolic message: the sculpted metopes that decorated the building’s Doric frieze. Although early travelers to Greece sometimes drew the well-preserved figures of Greeks battling Centaurs on the south metopes, little attention was paid to the badly damaged sculptures of the east (Gods v. Giants), west (Greeks v. Amazons), or north (Sack of Troy) until the first half of the 20th century. In this lecture, archaeologist, art historian, and artist Katherine Schwab will present a contextual analysis of the metopes as part of a carefully designed visual program. The poor preservation of the relief sculptures has presented many challenges for contemporary researchers, and Prof. Schwab will explain how she and others have experimented to find a new approaches to “draw out” new information about the compositions, including current work on color and added metal attachments. The deliberate defacement of the metopes in antiquity can also be compared to recent attempts to destroy ancient art, architecture, and cultural memory at sites such as Bamiyan in Afghanistan and Palmyra in Syria.

Katherine A. Schwab is Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Her traveling exhibition, “An Archaeologist’s Eye” is on display until July 23, 2017, in the Forsyth Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. For more information, see the UART webpage.

This lecture is sponsored at Texas A&M University by: The Forsyth Galleries; the Montague Scholar’s Program of the Center for Teaching Excellence; the Department of Architecture; the Department of Visualization; the Center for Heritage Conservation; the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research; the Glasscock Center Working Group in the History of Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture; and the College Station Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.



The Center for Heritage Conservation and the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University are pleased to sponsor “Path to the Future: World Heritage as Community Development Strategy”, A lecture by Vincent L. Michael, PhD, Executive Director of the San Antonio Conservation Society. 

DATE: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TIME: 5:30pm

LOCATION: Scoates Hall Room 208 (SCTS 208)  


Vincent Michael is Executive Director of the San Antonio Conservation Society, one of the oldest heritage preservation groups in the United States.   He is Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he served as Vice Chair of the Preservation and Sites Committee and Diversity Task Force. A widely sought after speaker, he has presented numerous times at national preservation conferences and keynotes for preservation conferences in Canada, India, Colorado, and Missouri and the National Tribal Preservation Conference.  He has also presented at conferences in China, Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands.

Dr. Michael held the John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he ran the Historic Preservation program from 1996 to 2010.  His 33-year career in heritage conservation began with the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and Landmarks Illinois. He is Chair Emeritus of the National Council for Preservation Education and has served on numerous public and private boards. He received his doctorate in architectural history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has published widely, including the 2013 book The Architecture of Barry Byrne.

For more information, contact: Prof. Anat Geva (