World Explorations Lectures

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World Explorations is a monthly lecture series designed to introduce you to local travelers, professors, and community members who share their unique insights and experiences. 

All talks are free and open to the public and are held at the Chico Women's Club located at 592 E. Third Street in Chico from 4:00 -5:00 pm.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Schedule

October 16, 2016

Two Weeks in Israel: a Secular Sojourn to the Holy Land

Since its establishment as a state in 1948, Israel has been a beacon of hope, a leader in technological innovation, and a source of bitter and violent controversy.  From Jerusalem and the Western Wall to a Shavuot celebration at a kibbutz to a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, psychology professor Dory Schachner will discuss her experiences as well as address some of the myths and misconceptions about this tiny country that has managed to survive and thrive in spite of the odds.  Visit a land of contrasts – rich with thousands of years of history but also a country on the cutting edge of modernity and the forefront of technology.

Dr. Dory Schachner has taught in the psychology department at CSU Chico since 2006. She grew up in Southern California and studied psychology at UCLA before moving up north to complete her doctorate at UC Davis.

November 6, 2016

In Focus: Films of Human Diversity

A film festival sponsored by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Sunday, Nov 6, 2016

At Women’s Club 3:30-6:30 pm

See 3 locally produced films from CSU Chico’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology.

After each film there will be a Q & A with one of the film makers. 


$5 for any one film

$10 for all afternoon

1 complimentary popcorn and drink per person

Making anthropology accessible for all ages. Great for families, educators, local history buffs and everyone in between.  A chance to connect with cultures beyond your own. Call the museum for specifics on films 530.898.5397 or visit the web

Movies in Order
1. Impact of the Frolic - Emmy Award winning film about a shipwreck in 1850 off the CA coast 3:30-4:00  Q&A 4:05-4:20

2. Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity 4:20-4:50 Q&A 4:55-5:10

3.  Illusions in Stone: The Global Story of the Emerald Trade 5:10-6:10 Q&A 6:15-6:30

February 12, 2017

Who’s a Hmong Us?: An Untold Story

To attain a mature and responsible understanding of Asian Americans, one that holds the potential to organize and advocate for effective interventions in higher education, we turn our attention to Hmong and Hmong American students (Xiong & Lee, 2011).  This turn is urgent because there are systematic but ill-understood socio-historical factors that contribute to the educational indicators of Hmong students that are staggeringly lower than those enjoyed by the other Asian American groups. 

The presenter will focus on the region that has the highest concertation of the Hmong population in the United States-the central valley of California. She will highlight the richness of many identities within and outside of the Hmong population through her own inspiring story. Pertinent to the focus of World Exploration, we will feature the Hmong history, the richness of their culture and language and the challenges they experience as Hmong Americans.

MaiHoua Lo, Advisor for the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, Lecturer for the Multicultural and Gender Studies Department, California State University, Chico.

March 5, 2017

Growing Tea in Northern California

Do you drink quality loose leaf tea? Did you know that tea is the second most popular beverage in the world? Did you know that quality tea is growing in the Northern California foothills?

Growing and processing tea is a passion for Michael Fritts, CEO Tea Farmer of Golden Feather Tea®. His Golden Oolong won second place in the non-commercial division in the Tea of the United States competition held in Hawaii in 2015. Mike has also created White Gold, Oak Roasted Oolong, Motherlode Black Gold Oolong and 24 Carat Gold Oolong.

In 2010, after contracting Lyme disease, Mike began experimenting with Camellia Sinensis tea plants on one-half acre of land at his home. There, he could also experiment with the health benefits of tea. The plants immediately took to the conditions in the foothills, and Mike immediately took to the plants. There are now 700 tea plants at varying stages of maturity comfortably growing in our local foothills.

The heritage of Mike’s particular tea cultivar dates back to the Gold Rush era, transported by ship to Gold Hill, California from the last of Japan’s Samurai. At that time, the tea could not survive in California, since water was in demand for gold mining. It is only now that the success of growing tea has re-emerged in California in one of only two dozen tea farms on the US mainland.

Please join us and Golden Feather Tea® as we embark on a unique and tranquil journey to learn how tea is California Grown!

April 23, 2017

Working and Traveling in Nepal: The Joy of a Sierra Club Service Project

Didi Toaspern, retired local elementary school teacher, has spent much of her free time devoted to the Sierra Club National Outings program, specificallyservice trips.  The Club's motto: Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet, sums up so much of what she believes.  Join us on Sunday April 23, 2017 when Didi shares with us her most recent Sierra Club adventure to Nepal — a service trip that included a week of post-earthquake restoration work and a seven day trek.  Didi's presentation will also give information for anyone interested in service trip participation.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Museum Hours

January 10, 2017-July 27, 2017 Tuesday-Saturday 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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