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Media Advisory: Family and Kinship to Be Explored by Events Related to MU’s Life Science and Society Symposium

Story Contact(s):
Timothy Wall,, 573-882-3346

WHAT: Several arts and entertainment events will explore the theme of kinship in art, literature and film in the weeks before and after the 2013 University of Missouri Life Sciences and Society Symposium: Claiming Kin. The symposium, to be held March 15-17, will explore both the biological evolution of kin groups and the evolving cultural notions of kinship.

WHO: All events are free and open to the public.


EVENT:          Film Screening – “The Ballad of the Sad Café”

  • WHAT: The film “The Ballad of the Sad Café” tells the story of a Georgia moonshiner and her relationship with her ex-husband and cousin. A post-film discussion will be led by Noah Heringman, associate professor and chair of MU’s Department of English.
  • WHERE: MU Museum of Art and Archaeology
    106 Pickard Hall
    MU Campus
  • WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, March 1

EVENT:          Art Show – It’s All Relative

  • WHAT: Original works of art related to the theme of the symposium will be judged and
    awarded cash prizes.
  • WHERE: Perlow-Stevens Art Gallery
    1025 E. Walnut St.
  • WHEN: March 2-30

EVENT:          Film Screening: Project Nim

  • WHAT: The film “Project Nim” tells the story of a chimpanzee who became the focus of an experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Post-film discussion will be led by Libby Cowgill, MU assistant professor of anthropology.
  • WHERE: Rag Tag Cinema
    10 Hitt Street
  • WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7

EVENT:          Book-signing: Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes

  • WHAT: Napoleon Chagnon, author of Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes – the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists. Chagnon will discuss his work and autograph copies of the book. A reception will follow his talk.
  • WHERE: Monsanto Auditorium
    Bond Life Sciences Center
    MU Campus
  • WHEN: 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 12

EVENT:          Book Exhibition – Kindred Kingdoms: Families in Flora, Fauna, and Fiction

  • WHAT: 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.
  • WHERE: Ellis Library Colonnade
    Ellis Library
    MU Campus
  • WHEN: March 4-29


NOTE: For more information on the symposium, visit–society-symposium.php