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February 19, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- David D. Gilmore, professor of anthropology at SUNY-Stonybrook, will present the 2001 George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall on the Southern Methodist University campus.

The topic of his lecture will be "Democratization and Culture Change in Post-Franco Spain."

Gilmore's lecture is part of a year-long celebration of Spanish art and culture being held at SMU in conjunction with the opening of the new Meadows Museum on March 25, 2001.

Gilmore has conducted anthropological research in Spain for more than 30 years, focusing on peasant societies and culture, gender relations and folklore. He is the author of several books including Carnival and Culture: Sex, Symbol and Status in Spain (Yale Press, 1999); Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity (Yale Press, 1991); Aggression and Community: Paradoxes of Andalusian Culture (Yale Press, 1987); and The People of the Plain: Class and Community in Lower Andalusia (Columbia University Press, 1980).

The Foster lectureship was established with an anonymous gift to honor the anthropological career of George McClelland Foster, professor emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley. Foster, internationally recognized for his contributions to theory and practice in the field of Anthropology, received an honorary degree from SMU in May of 1990. Foster helped to develop the fields of applied and medical anthropology, as well as the study of peasant society and culture in the post-WWII period. Through more than 40 years of fieldwork in the community of Tzintzuntzan in rural Mexico, he stimulated new ways to comprehend the transformation of contemporary societies in the developing world.