World Explorations Lectures

A monthly lecture series designed to introduce you to local travelers and professors. Come hear about their journeys to faraway or nearby places, giving us insights into other cultures and human endeavors around the world. We now meet at the Chico Women's Club located at 592 E. Third Street in Chico from 4:00 -5:00 pm.

World Explorations  - Nautical Navigation Before GPS

Sunday - February 9, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chico Women's Club.

Back by popular demand, naval historian and collector, Bob Benner, will reprise his fascinating exploration of the history of nautical navigation.  Drawing on his experience in the U.S. Navy Reserve during WWII and as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant in the Korean War, Mr. Benner will weave tales of life at sea with his extensive knowledge of the history of maritime navigation.  While many of his objects will be featured in the museum's exhibition, attendants can expect to see some examples of his world class collection of nautical navigation instruments.

World Explorations - Black Sailors and Abolition in the Age of Sail

Sunday - March 9, 2014, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Chico Women's Club.

CSU, Chico Professor of English, Matthew Brown, will present his research on African Diasporic sailors and writers. 

"During the era of American slavery, free and enslaved sailors of African descent roamed widely around the Atlantic world, participating in key historical events and leaving their stamp on the communities with which they came into contact. They stood with the patriots in the Boston Massacre and they stood with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay. Sailors also penned the first six autobiographies of Diasporic Africans written in English. But even before they began carrying their stories into print, they were an essential conduit of information between ships and ports and the growing abolitionist movement. Information about the horrors of slavery and emerging forms of resistance could not have traveled so swiftly to abolitionists without the information network that I call the Sailor’s Telegraph. By examining Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, I hope to shed some light on the Sailor’s Telegraph and to make some assertions about some of the ways sailor-writers like Equiano shaped American literature." ~Matthew Brown

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

Tuesday–Saturday 11-3

Monday-Thursday 11-3

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

Our Location

The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, next to the Janet Turner Museum


Museum of Anthropology
CSU, Chico 95929-0400

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