Previous Events

April 2023 Talk

Join us to learn about the Karuk Tribe's approach to fire and cultural resource management in the Klamath mountains of northern California. The Karuk Tribe has been leading efforts to transform fire suppression policies and incorporate prescribed cultural burning to maintain key Indigenous cultural resources on the landscape. The Tribe has also developed a unique cultural resource management program to exercise their sovereignty and to transform archaeological practice.

  • Ron Reed is a traditional Karuk dipnet fisherman, spiritual leader, and cultural practitioner.
  • Alex Watts-Tobin is the Karuk Tribe's Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist.

Sponsored by the C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, A2E2 funds, AGES Dept.

California CRM Job Fair & Foodways Pop-Up Exhibition - events

In conjunction with 2023 Society for California Archaeology (SCA) conference, these two events are being held at Cal State East Bay’s Oakland Center on March 18, from 12- 5. The conference is being held in the Marriott Hotel, a 1-minute walk away from the Oakland Center.

More information about the events can be found here.

 Fire Walk - tour

In collaboration with the C. E Smith Museum of Anthropology. the LSSC will be hosing a guided exhibit tour and reception of the latest exhibition - Fire without Fear: Restoring Indigenous Burning in California.

Hear from professors and experts about how indigenous people intentionally set fires to maintain critical foods, fibers, and connections to place, while reducing wildfire severity and spread. 

Joanna Keane Lopez: The Art of Mud - talk

(Recording coming soon)

The C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology is pleased to host adobe (mud brick) artist and traditional construction specialist Joanna Keane Lopez as she serves as foreperson of the construction for two experimental adobe ovens, one of which will be constructed at the CSUEB Concord campus and the other at UC Berkeley.  She's taking a break from that work to do a talk for CSUEB and UC-Berkeley students and faculty at the CSUEB Oakland Center campus on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:15 pm.  There she will discuss the various facets of her work in the context of contemporary and historical Southwestern art, architecture, and environment.  We hope you'll join us on the 2nd for what promises to be a very exciting event. 

2021 Virtual Events

The C.E Smith Museum of Anthropology invites you to visit our virtual events page to watch a series of 3 online panels on the different facets of preserving and revitalizing cultural values.

  • Our March panel on cultural resource management (CRM) will focus on opportunities for archaeologists and the current state of consulting.
  • Our April panel focuses on the indigenous practice of burning, and cultural fire practices across California.
  • Our May panel will focus on Native American foodways, food sovereignty, and food justice.

C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Meiklejohn Hall 4047(fourth floor)
  • Hayward, CA 94542
  • Phone: (510) 885-7414
  • Fax: (510) 885-3353