Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Lectures, Programs and Events

Orange Shirt Day. Tribal Relations

The Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology is committed to community partnerships and social justice. With funding from the 2021 CSU Governor's Award, we proudly support the Tribal Relations Office and sponsor this important lecture on the history of Residential Schools in Canada with Dr. Tricia Logan on September 30th from 2–3:30 p.m. Learn more here about Orange Shirt Day...


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Join in the celebration of Earth Day with CSU, Chico's GLAMR (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Reserves ). Free virtual lectures, art workshops, virtual exhibitions, and more!
Learn more about the Earth Day celebration.


Explore Museum Weekend, Butte County

In partnership with Explore Butte County, the museum is participating in the Second Annual Butte County Museum Weekend on February 27 & 28, 2021.

We invite you to enjoy our museum's virtual offering, Recipes Tell Our Stories, with special guest, artist Kim Cobb.  Explore our Museum Weekend Events.

World Explorations is a free lecture series sponsored by the museum. Speakers range from local experts to world travelers, to scholars who share their research, interests or travels with the audience. Talks are held at the Chico Women's’ Club.  Free and open to the public


In Focus Film Festival 11/15, 4-5:30pm

In Focus Film Festival, November 15th from 4-5:30 p.m.
This year's In Focus Film Festival will be presented virtually on November 15th from 4-5:30 p.m. and will feature the film, "Bang the Drum," and a discussion with Filmmaker and Cultural Anthropologist, Dr. William Nitzky, whose research focuses on the cultural heritage of the Yao minority of rural southwest China. For the Yao, the sound of the sacred bronze drum aids the souls of deceased elders to reach the ancestral land. Bang the Drum traces the path heritage takes in a changing China, when the drum takes on new meaning and becomes an icon for tourist performances.

Links and registration for this free virtual event coming soon!
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Twice a year, in December and May, the museum transforms the lobby into a World Bazaar that features sustainable and fair trade items from around the world for sale. The community and campus are invited to enjoy tasty treats, music, and a unique shopping experience that benefits the museum.


The Local Table museum benefit highlights the best of our regions wines, foods, music and art. Museum friends, new and existing, come together in celebration of local abundance and in support of our museum’s many free programs.