Public programs and events--including both family-oriented and scholarly programs--will be offered throughout the year to accompany our exhibitions. Admission to all of our programs is free and all visitors are welcome. Check back for updates!

Fall Friends and Family Day

Sunday September 23, 1-3 pm, Global Museum

Join us for an afternoon of light refreshments, mingling, and family friendly activities! Optional RSVP to Friends and Family Day is hosted by the Museum Studies Student Association (MSSA). 

Life Plans: How Peru's Achuar Indigenous People are Protecting the Amazon Rainforest (lecture and reception)

Tuesday October 2, 5:30-7:30 pm, Humanities 133 

Jeremías Petsein Peas is a leader of the Achuar indigenous people from the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The Achuar people are suffering from the impacts of decades of oil pollution in their rivers and food sources, and are now fighting against new oil projects in their sacred territories. Jeremías is leading the efforts of dozens of communities to protect 2 million acres of rainforest in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. Come hear about the cultural, legal, and political efforts to defend their territory, in turn protecting the environment for their children and all of humanity.
The presentation will be followed by a reception in the Global Museum (light refreshments provided). This event is co-sponsored by Amazon Watch, a non-profit founded in 1966 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. Optional RSVP to

Surveying the Material World of the Gila River Incarceration Camp (Conversations on Culture: Diaspora lecture series) 

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30-7:00 pm, Global Museum

Hear about the research Koji Lau-Ozawa, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University whose work focuses on the archaeology of Japanese migration. His current project examines the Gila River Incarceration camp in southern Arizona, where his own grandparents were imprisoned during WWII. Material collected at this site speaks to the ingenuity and perseverance of the Japanese American community confined at Gila River, literally transforming the desert landscape. This talk is part of the new Conversations on Culture: Diaspora lecture series, co-sponsored by the Global Museum and the SF State Department of Anthropology. Light refreshments will be served.

Archaeology Day

Saturday October 22, 11:00am-2pm, SF State Garden of Remembrance and Global Museum

Come celebrate International Archaeology Day and discover what it means to be an archaeologist! Drop in between 11-2 to participate in hands-on outdoor activities including a mock-excavation in the Garden of Remembrance (located between Fine Arts and Burk Hall). The Global Museum will also be open with a variety of public programming throughout the day. This event is co-hosted with the SF State Anthropology department.