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March 19, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) -- June Nash, distinguished professor of anthropology emerita at The City College and Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY), will deliver the fifth George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology at SMU.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be in room 201 of Florence Hall, 3330 University Boulevard. Parking is available in the Dedman School of Law parking garage located at the corner of Daniel and Hillcrest Avenue.

Nash studies the peasant societies of Latin America, and her lecture, “The Image of the Limited Good and the Specter of the Unlimited Good,” will address the common concept that peasants share about material goods. The peasants believe valued material images in the world are in limited supply and other peoples’ possession of these goods is at their loss.

Nash received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and has conducted anthropological field research in Mexico, Burma, the United States and Bolivia. She has worked on problems of women workers in the international division of labor, on the impact of globalization on local communities, and on indigenous rights, most recently in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where peasants have been engaged in a new social and political movement to air their grievances. She is perhaps best known for her work on the tin miners of Bolivia, published in her book "We Eat the Mines and the Mines Eat Us: Dependency and Exploitation in Bolivian Tin Mines."

The Foster Distinguished Lecture series honors the contributions of anthropologists George McClelland Foster and Mary LeCron Foster, both associated for many years with the University of California-Berkeley. They have been instrumental in the development of anthropology in the U.S. and abroad. George Foster received an honorary degree from SMU in 1990. An anonymous gift to the university created the lecture series.

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