Faculty Colloquium

Event held on November 18, 2015
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Georgia Fox
Poison or Pleasure? The Archaeology of Tabacco and Sugar

Poison or Pleasure?

This year the BSS Faculty Colloquium Series congratulates Dr. Georgia Fox, Department of Anthropology, for being selected as this year's honored scholar and keynote speaker.

The colloquium was held in the BMU Auditorium on Wednesday November 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

Dr. Fox's speech titled "Poison or Pleasure? The Archaeology of Tabacco and Sugar" is an extension of her recently published book The Archaeology of Tobacco and Smoking (2015) and her forthcoming book Plowing Paradise: Betty's Hope and the British Plantation System in the Eastern Caribbean, 1632-1944. Her keynote speech will address British colonialism in relation to the world systems theory and the environmental devastation caused by the sugar plantocracy, as well as how tobacco use has influenced the evolution of an American cultural identity, including perceptions of glamour, individuality, patriotism, class, gender, ethnicity and worldliness.

Dr. Fox professional interests also include archaeological and ethnographic conservation, as well as being former curator of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and current director of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology on the CSU, Chico campus. In 2014 Dr. Fox received the Lantis University Endowed Chair Award and produced an Emmy Award winning ethnographic documentary film "Impact of the Frolic" based upon an archaeological mystery involving a shipwreck off the Mendocino coast.

Please join the dean's office in congratulating Dr. Fox.