Library EventOut in the Field: Finding Wonder under the Water, in the Ground, and on the Waves. An Obermann Conversation

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Monday, November 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

11/16/2020 7:00pm 11/16/2020 8:00pm Out in the Field: Finding Wonder under the Water, in the Ground, and on the Waves. An Obermann Conversation Three researchers whose work takes them into the field reflect on the experience of being far removed from screens, phones, and what many of us associate with everyday work. George Peterson, the Director of Dive Programs at the Monterey Bay Sea Aquarium, shares his love of scuba and the discoveries he makes under the world's oceans as a way to provoke wonder in others and spur them toward conservation. Cynthia Chou, UI professor of Anthropology, has spent three decades on a longitudinal ethnographic research study on sea nomads—in particular, the Orang Suku Laut (People of the Sea) of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. She has lived on the water with them for up to fourteen months at a time. And Katina Lillios, UI professor of Anthropology, has spent several decades concentrated on the histories of the people who lived in Portugal and Spain from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age (4000-1000 BC), with considerable amounts of her time spent on archeological digs in the region. Together, they will talk about the wonder and joy of being physically connected to these places and how they balance that awe with the need to be in researcher mode—taking in information and safely doing their jobs. They'll consider how being in the field allows for unexpected discoveries that aren't as possible from the safety of an office, and what field-based research suggests for learning practices at this time when students of all ages are increasingly screen-bound. Register to receive invite information at : https://bit.ly/3jtRDcU or stream live via The Library Channel at : https://www.youtube.com/user/thelibrarychannel This program is cosponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Iowa City Public Library Iowa City Public Library America/Chicago public

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Three researchers whose work takes them into the field reflect on the experience of being far removed from screens, phones, and what many of us associate with everyday work. George Peterson, the Director of Dive Programs at the Monterey Bay Sea Aquarium, shares his love of scuba and the discoveries he makes under the world's oceans as a way to provoke wonder in others and spur them toward conservation. Cynthia Chou, UI professor of Anthropology, has spent three decades on a longitudinal ethnographic research study on sea nomads—in particular, the Orang Suku Laut (People of the Sea) of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. She has lived on the water with them for up to fourteen months at a time. And Katina Lillios, UI professor of Anthropology, has spent several decades concentrated on the histories of the people who lived in Portugal and Spain from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age (4000-1000 BC), with considerable amounts of her time spent on archeological digs in the region.

Together, they will talk about the wonder and joy of being physically connected to these places and how they balance that awe with the need to be in researcher mode—taking in information and safely doing their jobs. They'll consider how being in the field allows for unexpected discoveries that aren't as possible from the safety of an office, and what field-based research suggests for learning practices at this time when students of all ages are increasingly screen-bound.

Register to receive invite information at : https://bit.ly/3jtRDcU or stream live via The Library Channel at : https://www.youtube.com/user/thelibrarychannel

This program is cosponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

This event is open to the public.

Cosponsor

Cosponsor Organization: Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Cosponsor Name: Jennifer New

Cosponsor Phone: 319-335-4034