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Noted anthropologist to speak on campus, screen new film

Noted anthropologist to speak on campus, screen new film

J. Stephen Lansing, a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona with joint appointments in ecology and evolutionary biology, will deliver a lecture and show a new film during a two-day visit to UGA.

Lansing, also a professor at the Santa Fe Institute, will screen Voyagers on the Ring of Fire, a film he directed, at 5 p.m. March 15 in Room N106 of the Instructional Plaza located on the lower level between the Psychology and Journalism buildings. He will speak March 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the same venue. His talk is entitled “Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali.” Both events are free and open to the public.

Voyagers on the Ring of Fire was released in 2009, is a 47-minute anthropological film about genes, languages and the Austronesian expansion. It was produced for the National Science Foundation.

Lansing also directs Yayasan Somia Pretiwi, an Indonesian foundation promoting collaborative research on environmental problems in the tropics. His documentary films include The Three Worlds of Bali, The Goddess and the Computer and a segment of The Sacred Balance.