CSU, Chico News

Exhibition Opening September 9 at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Date: 08-24-2015

Adrienne Scott or Heather McCafferty
Group tours available upon request

From Chico to China: The Life and Travels of Valene Smith

Before and after the second world war, when women were typically limited to the home, hospital or schoolhouse, anthropologist Valene Smith was navigating the globe via plane, train, boat and automobile. From the caves of France to the bazaars of India, this Chico State emeritus professor was not only exploring the world, but also charting out the unknown territories of tourism anthropology.

In an exhibition due to open September 9, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology tells Smith’s amazing story of her pioneering life as a world traveler and tourism scholar. Her journeys and ideas come alive through photos, videos and an array of her own worldly artifacts.

Much of the exhibition content is based on the recent publication of her autobiography. Stereopticon: Entry to a Life of Travel and Tourism Research. Books are on sale at the museum and Smith, herself, will be signing copies on opening night. Smith is known locally as a beloved professor and mentor, and internationally as a daring traveler and researcher who continues to break boundaries and chart new directions in her field.

Spark your wanderlust this fall while learning about the remarkable life of Valene Smith at the annual student-curated show. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception held on September 9, 2015, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the museum. The exhibit will close October 10, 2015.

Be sure to tune in to KCHO’s program “Nancy’s Bookshelf” on Friday, September 11, at 10 a.m. for host Nancy Wiegman’s interview with Smith about her autobiographical accounts and research.

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is located on the CSU, Chico campus, directly across from Meriam Library. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

For more information, call 530-898-5397 or email anthomuseum@csuchico.edu.