Antropology Expo ‘not to be missed’

The Los Rios College community will hold its 10th annual Los Rios Anthropology Expo at Cosumnes River College on Oct. 28.

“This is an annual event that rotates around the four Los Rios campuses,” said CRC’s Anthropology Professor Amanda Wolcott Paskey. “Here at CRC we have regularly offered classes in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology.”

The event will include several speakers, over 20 businesses, universities, colleges and museums related to anthropology.

The first event is a screening of, “Losing Knowledge:  50 years of change” with Dr. Laura Nadar at 11 a.m. in CRC’s Recital Hall. This film discusses what happens when traditional farming methods are lost when replaced by outside influences.

“Anthropologists often study the continued effects of Western colonialism on indigenous people and Nadar’s film details how one specific community in Mexico has been greatly impacted,” said anthropology professor Anastasia Panagakos.

Panagakos pointed out that scientific advancement does have its downsides.

“There is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that technology can also be maladaptive,” Panagakos said. “In other words, it doesn’t make our culture necessarily ‘better.’”

At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Marshall will discuss the disappearance of orangutans from their natural habitat.

“They live on two islands in the world, Borneo and Sumatra, and these unique places are being deforested at a rapid rate for the human use,” Anthropology Assistant Professor Shannon Mills said. With the rapid growth of population, there is little food available and their resources are being depleted.

The final speaker in the Recital Hall is Adrian Praetzellis at 5 p.m. and will be discussing the historic excavations that he has participated in that involve written data from the Sacramento area.

There is a twist for all of the first generation of Harry Potter fans in time for Halloween.  In LRC room 106, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. is the place for the first Harry Potter generation .

“CRC anthropology student, Kristen Kucera, is working on a study right now about ‘Harry Potter’ has influenced the first generation of Potter fans,” Panagakos said.  “She has some interesting conclusions about how ‘Harry Potter’ has impacted young people in terms of their views of religion, creativity and friendship.”

The program of the entire events can be found on their website at

“Anthropology Expo is going to be fantastic event, that is not to be missed,” Paskey said.