Berdahl Lecture

The Berdahl Lecture is an annual event memoriam of Daphne Berdahl. Each year, the Anthropology Department invites a renowned scholar who is invited to speak to members of both the University and the surrounding community. Lecture topics vary each year, although many center around themes of borders and national identity. After each lecture, a reception is held.

Past lecture topics and speakers include:

  • "The Jurisprudence of the Soul: Islamic Cures of Madness & the Vertigo of History" - Stefania Pandolfo, UC Berkeley
  • "Soft Power: The Politics of Culture in Globalizing Times" - Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University
  • “Evil Conspiracies & Common Enemies: Mussolini, the Vatican & the Origins of the Italian Racial Laws” - David Kertzer, Brown University
  • “Genealogies of Morals: On the Binding Fictions of Culture” - James W. Fernandez, Professor Emeritus of University of Chicago
  • “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States” - Seth Holmes of University of California Berkeley

Support for the Berdahl Lecture is provided by a generous gift from Margaret and Robert Berdahl.