President's Dream Colloquium on Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage, Spring 2015
Speaker: Larry Zimmerman
Larry Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Ethics, Policy, and Practice
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:30–5 pm
West Mall Centre 3260 (see locations page for directions), Burnaby campus
Dr. Larry J. Zimmerman is Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies and Public Scholar of Native American Representation at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
He received his PhD in 1976 from the University of Kansas, after which he taught at the University of South Dakota from 1974–1996, where he departed as Distinguished Regents Professor. From 1998–2001 he served as Chair of American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa, and from 2002, as Head of the Archaeology Department at the Minnesota Historical Society before taking his present position in 2004.
He has held several elected positions in a number of anthropological and archaeological organizations, including Executive Secretary (1990-94) and Vice President (2009-2013) of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) and editorial boards for several international journals or publication projects.
He served as organizer for two of WAC’s single topic InterCongresses, in 1989 on Archaeological Ethics and the Treatment of the Dead, and in 2011, on Indigenous People and Museums: Unravelling the Tensions. He was selected as a 1991–92 National Lecturer for Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and lectured widely across Canada and the US.
Dr. Zimmerman has authored, edited, or co-edited 22 professional and trade books including Indians and Anthropologists, Native North America, The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook, and Ethical Issues in Archaeology and more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. In 2008, the World Archaeological Congress selected him to receive the inaugural Peter J. Ucko Memorial Prize for his contributions to world archaeology, especially his work on the repatriation of Indigenous human remains and cultural property.
His research interests include the archaeology of the United States Great Plains and Midwest, Indigenous archaeology, archaeology education, ethics, and issues related to cultural and intel- lectual property. In an effort to provide a more complete understanding of homelessness, his current research involves using archaeology to investigate campsites of contemporary homeless people in Indianapolis, with parallel projects in the UK and Australia.
The goal has been to use archaeology to better inform delivery of services to homeless people living “rough.” The project has received international attention in the media including a feature in Archaeology magazine. One professional archaeologist has called it “a milestone in archaeology.”