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Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology


Erika Bourguignon
Erika Bourguignon

The annual Erika and Paul H. Bourguignon Lecture Series in Art and Anthropology is made possible by a generous endowment gift from Elizabeth A. Salt (M.A., Anthropology, ‘75).  Prof. Bourguignon (1924-2015) was one of Ohio State’s most distinguished, influential, and interdisciplinary faculty members. During her forty years at Ohio State (1949-90), she chaired the Department of Anthropology, co-created with her husband Paul-Henri Bourguignon a weekly radio program on world music, was a pioneer in the field of psychological anthropology, co-founded the still-running Women in Development seminar, and was the first chair of the Council on Academic Excellence for Women.  A short biography of Erika Bourguignon made by Christina Paolucci can be watched here.



Previous Bourguignon Lectures

2019: Amara Solari, Associate Professor, Penn State University Department of Art History, "Coloration and and the Creation of Mayan Catholicismin Early Modern Yucatán"

2018: Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Golden Kingdoms: Materials, Value and Luxury Culture inthe Amcient Americas"

2017  Carolyn Dean, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture. "Flesh and Stone: the Throne of the Inka"

2016  Carol Diaz-Granados, Department of Anthropology, Washington University. "Picture Cave: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mississippian Cosmos"

2015 Ann Bremner, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University. "The Artist and the Anthropologist: Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon"

2014 Constantino Manuel Torres, Florida International University. "Visionary Plants and Iconography in Prehistoric South America"

2013 Stacy Kamehiro, University of California, Santa Cruz. "'Iolani Palace: Spaces of Kingship in Nineteenth Century Hawai'i"

2012 Lane Hirabayashi, University of California, Los Angeles. "Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens: Mediating Memories Then and Now"

2011 Susan Huntington, Ohio State University. "The Early Buddhist Art of India and the Emperor's New Clothes"

2010 Margaret Blackman, State University of New York. "Eskimo Faces, Caribou and Wolves: The Making of Tourist Art"

2009 Stephen Nash, Stony Brook University. "Endangered Primates: Images for Education and Conservation"

2008 William Saturno, Marshall Space Flight Center. "Painted Walls, Sacred Stories: Art and Myth of the Early Mayan Kings"

2007 Michael Chibnik, University of Iowa. "Mexican Wood Carvings in the World of Fine Art"

2006 David Lewis-Williams, University of Witwatersrand. "Cave Art: Consciousness and the Origins of Art"

2005 Polly Schaafsma, School for Advanced Research. "Warrior, Shield and Star: Imagery and Ideology of Prehistoric Warfare"

2004 Margaret Conkey, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley."Making Meanings: Art and Archaeology in the Ice Age"