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How to Read an Object: focus on Timbuktu

Workshop | October 6 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  To be provided to participants


 , Richmond, CA

Mariane Ferme, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

ORIAS, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


What can physical artifacts teach us about past human interactions, activities, and beliefs? How can you teach your students to analyze and infer meanings from objects?

Teachers are invited to come explore a selection of objects from the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Professor Mariane Ferme will guide you through the process of “reading” a set of objects associated with the city of Timbuktu - a trade hub and site of encounter between North and West Africa. This interpretive procedure will be applicable for teachers of any time period or region.

The subject matter of the workshop is most closely aligned with the 7th grade social studies curriculum, but all K-12 teachers are welcome to participate. There is no cost to attend. This program is offered jointly by the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and ORIAS (the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies) and will take place at the Hearst Museum's Richmond, CA site. Space is limited to 20 teachers.


 free for teachers

Register online. Contact person: Shane Carter


orias@berkeley.edu