With post-film discussion led by Mary Shenk, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri
(dir. Jerry Rothwell, 2010, 80 min)
A 21st century tale of identity and genetic inheritance, this film tells the story of a sperm donor and the children who want to meet him. It follows JoEllen Marsh as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. Over time 13 half-siblings emerge across the United States. Funny, moving and surprising Donor Unknown raises intriguing questions about our understanding of parenthood, and the strange power of the genetic imperative.
Free and open to the public
With post-film discussion led by Noah Heringman, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of Missouri
(dir. Simon Callow, 1991, 100 min) Miss Amelia is a lonely moonshiner who dominates a small Georgia town. She changes in attitude and kindness as two men; Cousin Lymon (a small, hunchbacked man claiming to be Miss Amelia's cousin) and Marvin Macy (Miss Amelia's ex-husband) enter her life. Her general store becomes a center for culture and music, and The Sad Café itself becomes a symbol of Miss Amelia's disposition. Amid this plot, issues of work vs. pleasure, material vs. psychological health, and conflicting loyalties emerge. The short story is told in flashback—giving the reader, first, a look at the ruined café before describing its heyday and subsequent demise.
Perlow-Stevens Gallery is calling for entries. The exhibit, It’s All Relative, will be held in conjunction with Claiming Kin: the 9TH Annual MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium. Claiming Kin, will explore the evolution of kin groups and evolving notions of kinship. Artists are asked to create and submit work pertaining to this concept.
Entries for submission must be postmarked or hand-delivered by no later than February 24th and should consist of:
This exhibit will be juried. Cash awards will be announced during the symposium. If selected all artwork must be delivered to PS Gallery by Tuesday March26th and must be wired to hang. (sawtooth hangers are not accepted). Artists are responsible for any shipping costs. 2-D work can be no larger than 18 x 24. Works can be for sale but are not required. If the gallery sells any works during the exhibit it will retain a 50% commission.
For any further questions regarding the exhibit and/or submission guidelines, please, email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MU Libraries Division of Special Collections, Archives and Rare Books presents a collection of exquisite rare books to illustrate how humans have perceived our relationships to plants and animals historically, and how these perceptions have changed over time.
Opening Lecture for the MU Libraries Exhibit: Kindred Kingdoms: Families in Flora, Fauna, and Fiction
With post-film discussion led by Libby Cowgill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri
The story of Nim, a chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
Napoleon Chagnon is a renowned anthropologist, National Academy of Sciences member, and author of many books, most recently Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes – the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists. He has recently joined Mizzou as a Research Professor in the Anthropology Department. Dr. Chagnon will discuss his work, including the astonishing publicity surrounding Noble Savages. A reception will follow his talk where Dr. Chagnon will sign copies of his book.
Animals and humans get the same diseases but physicians and veterinarians rarely communicate with one another. The authors explore the connections between breast cancer in jaguars and beluga whales, eating disorders in pigs and elk, substance abuse in waxwing birds and cocker spaniels, even sexual dysfunction in stallions. This talk draws on the latest in medical and veterinary science—as well as dynamic new findings in evolutionary and molecular biology. In the end it shows how connecting knowledge across disciplines can improve our physical and mental health. Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers are authors of Zoobiquity: What Animals can Teach us About Health and The Science of Healing.
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