Public Events

All events listed in this calendar are free and open to the public. Contact the sponsoring department or organization for additional information.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Archaeology Matters: The Relevance of Archaeology in the Modern World. Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Jeremy Sabloff

Mills B, 5:00 PM

About the Lecture

Archaeology is not just about the past but also is quite relevant to the world today.  It can fill key gaps in recent history that have been ignored by written records, it can help preserve and conserve the world’s historical heritage, it can strengthen tourism and economic opportunities, it can help build ethnic pride (although this has its dangers, too!), and it can serve modern communities in a variety of ways such as providing expert testimony in land disputes.  It also can offer new understandings of waste disposal, homelessness, border crossings, and the use of forensics.  Moreover, archaeology’s long time perspective can provide fresh insights into issues such as sustainability, resilience, and adaptation to changing ecological and cultural conditions.  While archaeology clearly cannot solve the huge problems facing peoples around the globe, this lecture shows how it can shed some useful light on these problems. 

About the Speaker

Jeremy Sabloff is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, and former director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (1994-2004). An archaeologist, he recently retired as president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he continues as a member of the external faculty. He has written or edited 21 books and monographs on ancient Maya civilization, the rise of complex societies and cities, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries (London). The Society for American Archaeology honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal.

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sponsored by the Hendrix College Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Contact Jamie Groat at or 501-450-1373.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Political Extremism and the 2016 American Presidential Election: A Talk by Dr. Thomas Mann

Mills a, 6:00 PM

On the eve of the 2016 Presidential election, we'll have the opportunity to hear from one of the nation's top experts on elections and the increasing brinksmanship and gridlock in American politics. Dr. Thomas Mann is a resident scholar at UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and a former senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. He has published extensively on issues that pertain to gridlock and extremism in American politics. His latest book, entitled "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism," was co-authored with Norman Ornstein. It is a New York Times bestseller.  

The event is co-sponsored by the James and Emily Bost Odyssey Professorship of Dr. Kiril Kolev, the W. C. Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program, and the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professorship of Dr. Jay Barth.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and International Relations. For more information, contact Professor Kiril Kolev at or 501-450-1236.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Strumbellas in Concert

Worsham Performance Hall, 8:00 PM

The Office of Student Activities proudly presents The Strumbellas, live in concert.  Their music has been described as alt-country, "folk-popgrass".  Their hit single, "Spirits" has reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative chart and has helped solidify their place in the recent revival of folk/pop, Americana artists such as The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Mumford & Sons.

This show is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 7:30 PM. No tickets are required.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Magdalena Ryszkowski - Faculty violin recital

Reves Recital Hall, 7:30 PM

Sponsored by the Department of Music. For more information contact Professor John Krebs at

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lecture with Gerald O. West: Becoming an Ally: The Role of White Christians in the Struggle Against South African Apartheid

Mills C, 7:00 PM

Gerald West, internationally known biblical scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, has long been an advocate for racial justice in South Africa. Drawing on his experience in the South African anti-apartheid movement in the late 80's and early 90's, West will offer reflections on the role of white Christians in the struggle for racial justice in the U.S. and around the world.

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling. For more information contact or call 501-450-4590.

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