DLS 2019

2019 Downtown Lecture Series


What Animals Teach Us
About Being Human

Presented by Holualoa Companies

Four Thursdays in October
6:30 p.m. | Fox Tucson Theatre

Free admission



The Thinking Dog
Oct. 3 | Evan MacLean

What is it that allows dogs and humans to form such meaningful relationships? Anthropologist Evan MacLean highlights surprising new discoveries about the canine mind, our remarkable interspecies connection, and what studying dogs may teach us about our own species.

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The Personhood of Bison
Oct. 10 | María Nieves Zedeño

Anthropologist María Nieves Zedeño combines traditional knowledge and scientific archaeology to explore how, for millennia, indigenous hunters in North America treated bison as powerful persons and partners who shaped every aspect of human life.

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Hunting for Herring
Oct. 17 | Alison Hawthorne Deming

For 200 years, herring have been the foundation of a thriving fishery on Grand Manan Island, Canada. English Professor  Alison Hawthorne Deming’s talk celebrates the tradition of harvesting herring while contemplating the challenges of climate change and the unique ways fish and people can live together meaningfully.

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Łįį’ (Navajo Horse) as Healer and Educator
Oct. 24 | Kelsey John

For the Navajo (Diné), horses are knowers who can promote healing within their communities. Inspired by her own experiences riding and training Navajo horses, Kelsey John, a postdoctoral fellow in American Indian Studies, reveals how horses teach us to relate to each other, the land, and other nonhuman animals.

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All Lectures at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets Not Required

Admission will be first come, first served. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at 17 W. Congress St.

Parking & Directions

The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at 17 W. Congress Street at the northwest corner of Congress Street and Stone Avenue in downtown Tucson. On-street metered parking downtown is free after 5 p.m., and there are plenty of parking garages nearby. We are proud to partner once again with Park Tucson, that will run a special offer of $1 parking for lecture attendees at the Pennington Street Garage (110 E. Pennington Street, entrance on Scott Avenue between Pennington St. and Congress St.)—just see our staff at the door of the Fox Tucson Theatre to pick up your parking validation ticket. You might also consider parking along the streetcar route and taking the Sun Link Street Car, which runs through downtown Tucson from the UA Medical Campus to the Mercado San Agustin.

Thanks to our Sponsors!


Holualoa Companies
Ken and Linda Robin

Additional support comes from Barbara Starrett and Jo Ann Ellison, Adib and Vivi Sabbagh, Maynards’s Market and Kitchen, and Hotel Congress.


Contact us at

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the Downtown Lecture Series such as ASL interpreting, CART captioning, captioned videos, Braille, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact Kerstin Miller contact information at lectures@email.arizona.edu