[BSW] Chocolate story in Post + Next meeting: "Ethnobotany, Material Culture, and Linguistics"

Kathy Bilton kathy at fred.net
Wed Feb 12 19:35:21 GMT 2014

Recent Washington Post story about our most recent BSW speaker, Ben 

At Potomac Chocolate, local chocolate-maker turns beans into bars


Our next meeting will be on March 4 at 7 PM.  The speaker will be 
Jonathan Amith.  A flyer for the meeting can be found here:

Jonathan D Amith (Ph.D. Anthropology, Yale University, 2000) is an 
anthropologist, linguist, ethnobiologist, and historian. He will be 
presenting his work and will show a film which he co-produced.

This documentary is about an elderly Nahuatl-speaking man, Silvestre 
Pantaleón, and provides a window into a precarious world of rapid change: 
the demise of an endangered language, a shifting local ecology, and the 
displacement of local crafts by commercial manufactures. Approaching 
ethnobotany from the perspective of linguistics and material culture 
creates an opportunity to explore the impact of the aforementioned changes 
on how local flora is talked about and used.

Location: VZ Conference Room WG33 (West Wing-Ground floor) Smithsonian 
Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Light refreshments will be served

Pre-meeting dinner: 5:30 pm at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant, 
1201 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. (202-347-7707), diagonally across from the 
Old Post Office Pavilion at 12th and Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the 
museum. Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue) is the closest Metro Station and 
Metro Center (Red/Orange/Blue) is nearby.

If you do not have a Smithsonian badge, please let Robin Everly 
(everlyr at si.edu) know by March 3 if you are coming to the meeting so that 
she can arrange for badges.

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