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Visiting anthropology scholar gives talks about colonialism in Ireland and North America

Audrey Horning, an archaeology professor, or “reader” as they’re known across the pond, at England’s University of Leicester, will give two talks April 4–5.

Horning — the Western Cultural Resource Management Inc. Distinguished Scholar in Historical Archaeology and Marsico Visiting Scholar — will give her first talk at noon on April 4 in Sturm Hall Room 286.

The talk, “Aqua Vitae Hath Such Virtue’: Comparative Colonialism and the Archaeology of Alcohol in the Atlantic World,” will explore how alcohol consumption played a central role in lubricating relations between natives and newcomers in the 16th and 17th centuries in Ireland and North America. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the talk.

Horning will give a presentation titled “The Ever-Present Past: Ethics and Engagement in Public Archaeology,” at 6 p.m. on April 5 in Sturm Hall’s Lindsay Auditorium. She will explore how archaeologists balance their responsibilities to the past and present. The presentation will be followed by a reception and informal exchange of ideas.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Horning holds a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from the College of William and Mary and master’s and doctoral degrees in historical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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