Department of Anthropology

Lesley Stern: Sensing Color

Mon, October 24, 2011 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesley Stern: Sensing Color

"Sensing Color: People, Plants, Policies, Places"

A public lecture by Dr. Lesley Stern, part of the Department of Anthropology 2011-2012 Seminar Series

“It is the sourness of the lemon which is yellow, it is the yellow of the lemon which is sour.” Color, the color of plants, is simply phenomenal. The paper opens by exploring the sensational performance of color, especially red and magenta, in a domestic garden. But color is not stable, and nor are plants. They travel and transmogrify, are subject to the movement of hummingbirds, to international trade, and to the politics of immigration. The paper will turn its attention to the “sensing” of color in plant and human analogies as deployed by some California eugenicists in the first half of the twentieth century, and will register the reverberations of those debates in today’s coloring of the botanical and political landscape.

For more information, visit the Sensorium Seminar Series web page.

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