Anthropology Collection

Join us Thursday, January 28, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

Get a crash course in anthropology, the expansive field of study that encompasses everything about our species—from human evolution to human cultures, past and present. Learn about these different research areas with an archaeologist, a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist, a bioarchaeologist, and a mini-tour through the Academy’s anthropology collections.


  • Peek into the Academy’s anthropology collections with Curatorial Assistant Cheryl Tripathi as she shows off research specimens to help illustrate the four different fields of anthropology. You’ll see early hominin casts, stone tool specimens, Mayan ceramics that survived the 1906 earthquake, and more.
  • We live in a state with incredible cultural and natural diversity, but this is nothing new. Dr. Todd Braje, Professor of Anthropology at SDSU, explores some of California's most exciting and incredible archaeological finds, which speak to the deep history and amazing adaptations of its indigenous inhabitants for more than 10,000 years.
  • Dr. Jonathan Rosa, sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist at Stanford, challenges popular stereotypes about linguistic diversity and explores how language can play a central role in social justice efforts.
  • How do anthropologists "read" the human skeleton? Dr. Nikki Slovak will introduce you to bioarchaeology, a sub-discipline of anthropology that focuses on the analysis of human remains from archaeological sites.

All NightLife virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.



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