CSU, Chico News

Impacts of Sugar, Tobacco Examined in Faculty Colloquium

Date: 11-13-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Georgia Fox, professor

California State University, Chico anthropology professor Georgia Fox, a nationally recognized scholar, will discuss the findings of her recent book, “The Archaeology of Tobacco and Smoking,” at a faculty colloquium Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Hosted by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the event begins with a poster session at 5:30 p.m. followed by Fox’s keynote presentation at 6:15 p.m. Both occur in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

In her address, “Poison or Pleasure?,” Fox will explore British colonialism and the environmental impacts of sugar plantations. She’ll also discuss how tobacco use has influenced the evolution of American cultural identity, including perceptions of glamour, individuality, patriotism, class, gender, ethnicity and worldliness.

Fox serves as director of the Department of Anthropology’s Heritage Resources Conservation Laboratory and the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, and co-directs the department’s Museum Studies Program. In 2014, she received CSU, Chico’s Lantis University Endowed Chair Award and produced an Emmy Award-winning ethnographic documentary film, “Impact of the Frolic,” documenting a mysterious shipwreck off the Mendocino coast.

Since 2007, Fox has led a summer program at Betty’s Hope Plantation in Antigua. The course, recognized as the Best Field School of 2013 by the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, teaches students how to do field methodology, how to map and survey using high-tech equipment, how to excavate and how to process artifacts.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Faculty Colloquium Series is an annual event recognizing faculty members who have received national and international accolades for their work. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the colloquium at the college’s website.