“The Hidden Histories of Art” Lecture Series Continues at the JSMA with “Chocolate in the Americas”

EUGENE, Ore. -- (May 16, 2016)  - The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art continues “The Hidden Histories of Art” series with Lynn Stephen’s lecture on “Chocolate in the Americas” on Friday, June 3, at 12 p.m. at the JSMA  on the University of Oregon campus.


Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Anthropology, and Co-Director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, will explore the history of chocolate in the Americas, using as her starting point an early- 20th century American chocolate pot on display in the Margo Grant Walsh Collection of Silver and Metalwork.


A cultural anthropologist, Stephen’s work is centers on the impact of globalization, migration, nationalism and the politics of culture on indigenous communities in the Americas. Her work, which engages political-economy, ethnohistory, and ethnography, has provided a hemispheric lens on major challenges faced by indigenous peoples such as out-migration, tourism, economic development, and low-intensity war and their creative responses to these challenges.


“The Hidden Histories of Art” is a lunchtime series dedicated to connecting the research of University of Oregon faculty members to works of art on view at the museum.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of seven museums in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


JSMA: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,


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