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Skeptics in the Pub: Urban Archaeology

Join us this month as our special guest, Dr. Carol McDavid, shares with us elements of her field of expertise. Her discussion will focus on the archaeology of the African Diaspora and related justice issues. McDavid is particularly interested in finding ways to use historical archaeology to counter racist narratives and dismantle white privilege, and to make it more accessible to diverse publics as a tool for community collaboration and reform.

About Carol McDavid

Carol McDavid is the Executive Director of the Community Archaeology Research Institute in Houston, Texas. She also directs the Yates Community Archaeology Project, a program of the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc., in Freedmen's Town, Houston (www.publicarchaeology.org). She holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Cambridge and serves as adjunct faculty at Rice University and the University of Houston. She has also served or is serving on the Boards of several Houston history groups, the Levi Jordan Plantation Historical Society, the Society for Historical Archaeology (where she is currently Secretary) and the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association.

WE HAVE A PERMANENT HOME FOR SitP MEETUPS!!!

As is the case each month, July's Skeptics in the Pub will be held in The Oak Room at the Stag's Head Pub.

And don't forget, if you'd like to address the group about anything sciency, skeptical, or newsworthy, don't be afraid to ask.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Sheperd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

  1. Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
  2. Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Sheperd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Sheperd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Sheperd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Sheperd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.

If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Sharon H.

    Very good to know what great archaeology is going on in the Houston area!

    July 24, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Sorry for last minute cancellation. Enormous headache.

    July 23, 2013

  • Tom P.

    I am very sorry to miss this speaker.

    July 10, 2013

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