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Graduation Party
Celebrate out graduates!
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lisner Hall terrace

Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Serena Bianchi
Neuroanatomical Correlates of Attention-Getting Sounds in Chimpanzees
Serena Bianchi
Friday, May 15, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
SEH rm. B-1270

Forensics Colloquium
The Body as Witness: Forensic Science and Human Rights
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
1957 E St., rm. B-17

Talk and Book Launch
Ilana Feldman
Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule
Thursday, April 23, 2015
1957 E St., Lindner Commons (rm. 602)
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Andrew Michael Zipkin
Material Symbolism and Ochre Exploitation in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa
Friday, March 20, 2015, 10:00-12 noon
Science & Engineering Hall B1270

Anthropology Department Symposium
Theme: Disclosures: Materiality and Meaning across Spaces
Friday, March 20, 2015
1957 E St., B12

Jane B. Hart Distinguished Lecture
From Public Health to Surplus Health: Maximizing Neuroscience Markets
Joseph Dumit
Prof. of Anthropology and Director of Science & Technology Studies
Friday, March 20, 2015
1957 E St., B12

Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Jennifer L. Baker, Ph.D. candidate, Hominid Paleobiology
From Comparative Genomics to Synthetic Biology:
Can Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction Approaches Provide a Window to Study
the Past?

Monday, March 17, 2015, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Science & Engineering Hall B1270

Anthropocinema Film Showing, Discussion
Dreams from the Concrete Mountain, a film on Colombian guerrillas with filmmaker Alex Fattal
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Anthropology Symposium
Michael Atwood Mason
Director, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Cultural Democracy and Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Monday, February 23, 2015, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Anthropocinema Film Showing, Discussion
Manakamana, a film from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Jordan A. Miller
Chimpanzee Conflict: The Correlates and Function of Conflict-Related Behavior in our Closest Living Relatives
Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
1922 F St. 312

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Kaitlin Wellens
Maternal Effects on Wild Juvenile Chimpanzee Social Behavior and Associated Physiological Stress Responses
Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Marvin Center 405

CASHP Talk: Postcrania
Fossil Apes and Early Hominins: Some Thoughts on Postcranial Evolution
Sergio Almecija
Stony Brook University
Monday, December 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

1957 E Street, NW, rm. B17

CASHP Talk: Metabolism
Brains, Babies, and Bipedalism: The Evolution of the Human Metabolic Strategy
Herman Pontzer
Hunter College, CUNY
Friday, December 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

MPA 309
(805 21st St., NW)

CASHP Talk: Pliocene Hominids
Middle Pliocene Hominid Diversity: New Insights from the Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia
Yohannes Haile-Selassie
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Monday, December 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

1957 E Street, NW, room 214

Grant-Writing Workshop for the Cotlow Award Program
Monday, November 10, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
1957 E Street, suite 501

Pumpkinfest and Advising Fair
Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

CASHP Talk on Dental Evolution
Smart Mouths: Interpreting Human Evolution from Our Teeth
Shara Bailey, New York University
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Contemporary Ethnography Colloquium
Emergence and Distribution: Ethnographies of Scale in the Neoliberal State
Deborah Poole, Johns Hopkins University
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Anthropocinema Event
Film: Nostalgia for the Light; reading: The Dead Body and Human Rights
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

CASHP Talk on Brain Evolution
The New and the Old in Hominin Brain Evolution: Some Paleoneurological Windows
Ralph Holloway, Columbia University
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Marvin Center 413-414

Valerie French Memorial Lecture
David Braun, GW
Trowels and Chimpanzees: Investigating the Origins of Human Technology in East Africa
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Guapo's Restaurant, 4515 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Reserve seating by email to [email protected].

Lewis N. Cotlow Student Research Conference
14 students present the results of their research
Friday, October 17, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
1957 E St., B-17

CASHP Guest Lecture
Speciation and Hybridization in the Cercopithecini Radiation
Kate Detwiler, Florida Atlantic University
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Marvin Center 405

Faculty Book Launch Talk
Redress and Remembrance:
Interventions in Postwar Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the Genocide

Dr. Sarah Wagner, GW Anthropology Dept.
IERES Faculty Book Launch series
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Voesar Conference Room
1957 E Street NW, Suite 412
Please RSVP at:

Anthropology/American Studies Guest Lecture
Environmental Justice and Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene
Dr. Julie Sze, UC-Davis

Dissertation Proposal Defense
Detecting Social Patterning in Lithic Technology:
A Case Study from East Africa 150-50 Thousand Years Ago

Kathryn Ranhorn, Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:45-3:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Dissertation Proposal Defense
Trees from Teeth? Exploring the Role of Dental Microstructure in the Reconstruction of Hominin Relationships
Chrisandra Kufeldt, Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 9:00-12 noon
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Graduation Party
Saturday, May 17, 2014
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lisner Hall lobby and patio

Dissertation Defense: Amy Bauernfeind
Comparative Protein Expression of Human and Chimpanzee Brains
Thursday, May 8, 2014
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House, room 202

Dissertation Defense: Kevin Hatala
Fossil Hominin Footprints and the Dynamics of Footprint Formation
Friday, April 25, 2014
Time TBA
Hortense Amsterdam House, room 202

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Amelia Villaseñor
Connecting Hominins to Their Habitat: An Analysis of Biogeography and Scale in Early Hominin Evolution
Friday, April 18, 2014
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House, room 202

2014 Mitchell Carroll Lecture:
Toward a Biography of Place: The Pueblo Viejo of San Miguel Achiutla, Oaxaca, Mexico
Dr. Jamie E. Forde, University of Colorado, Boulder
Monday, April 14, 2014
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Hortense Amsterdam House, room 202

Policies and Procedures:
A Symposium on Policy as Located Practice

Keynote speaker: John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
Friday, March 21, 2014 (all day)
Location TBA

The East African Middle Pleistocene: A View from the Kapthurin Formation
Sally McBrearty, University of Connecticut
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1957 E St., B17

Talk on Indonesian Art
Ken George, Australian National University, speaks on:
Companionable objects, companionable consilience: Reflections on Sunyaro's Titik Nadir
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
1957 E St., 503
Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Arboreal Mammal Conservation
A Roots & Shoots event
Tremaine Gregory speaks on
Conservation of arboreal mammals in Peru using natural canopy bridges
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Phillips Hall B156

Colloquium: David Novak
Music, sound, noise and the antinuclear movement in post-3.11 Japan
Friday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Anthropology Department seminar room
Hortense Amsterdam House 202
More information

Ancient Ales and Archaeology
A Capitol Archaeological Institute event
Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30-8:30
The Powerhouse, 3255 Grace St., NW
Tickets $40.  Order tickets

Guest Speaker: Irene Gallego Romero
Combining cellular and genomic approaches to study human evolution
Monday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Irene Gallego Romero, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago
Marvin Center 407

Guest Speaker: Brenda Bradley
Adaptive evolutionary genetics of primate diversity
Friday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Brenda Bradley, Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, Yale University
HAH 202 (Anthropology Seminar Room)

Guest Speaker: Olivier Fedrigo
Friday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Olivier Fedrigo, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke University
Using genomics to study the evolution of brain metabolism
1957 E St., 214

Guest Speaker: Milena Shattuck
Monday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Milena Shattuck, Dept. of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
Genes, hormones, and primate behavior: An evolutionary perspective
HAH 202 (Anthropology Seminar Room)

Anthropology Colloquium
Monday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Melani McAlister, Department of American Studies
The Global Conscience of American Evangelicalism: Internationalism and Social Concern in the 1970s and Beyond
HAH 202 (Anthropology Seminar Room)

Anthropology Student Research Conference
October 18, 2013, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
1957 E Street, NW, Room B-17

Graduate Student Orientation and Grillfest
8/23/2013, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Cookout starts 3:30
HAH (2110 G St.)

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Andrew Du
Vertebrate Community Assembly and Structure across the East Turkana Paleo-Landscape
6/10/2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
HAH 202

Dissertation Proposal Defense: David Patterson
Homo and Paranthropus Niche Evolution at Koobi Fora
5/24/2013, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
HAH 202

Graduation Party
Lisner Hall Patio

Classics and Archaeology Picnic
5/4/2013, 2:00-4:00 p.m. + post-prandial bingeing
Hortense Amsterdam House

Roots & Shoots Cone E. Island Profit Share Day
5/2/2013, 12 noon to closing
Cone E. Island
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

An Evening of Science
11 student presentations
4/29/2013, 6:15 p.m.
Phillips Hall B 156

Workshop: Function and Evolution of the Human Foot
4/19/2013, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SMPA Bldg. and 1957 E St.
4/20/2013, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
National Museum of Natural History

CAI Lecture: Temples that Speak: Art and Architecture at Copán, Honduras
Ricardo Agurcia, Copán Association
4/16/2013, 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7:00 p.m. (lecture)
1957 E St. 113

2013 Jane B. Hart Lecture
How Culture Transformed Human Evolution
Robert Boyd, Arizona State University
4/17/2013, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW

CASHP Talk: Australopithecus sediba – Clues to the Origins of the Genus Homo or Late Australopith?
Lee Berger, University of the Witwatersrand
4/8/2013, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
MPA 309, 805 21st St.

Talk on art and human evolution
Prof. Alison S. Brooks
art+evolution exhibition
3/25/2013, 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 102, Smith Hall of Art

Anthropology Talk: Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress
Fida Adely, Georgetown University
3/18/2013, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
HAH 202

Roots & Shoots Palm Oil Guide Tabling
3/5/2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marvin Center H Street Terrace

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Serena Bianchi
The Striatum in the Evolution of Flexible, Learned Vocal Communication
2/26/2013, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
HAH 202

Lecture: Ancient Inscriptions from the Holy Land: From Recent Finds to Possible Forgeries
Christopher Rollston, Visiting Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures
Reception 7 p.m., talk 7:30 p.m.
1957 E St. 213

Darwin Day Talk: The Smithsonian's Approach to Human Evolution Education and Outreach
Briana Pobiner, National Museum of Natural History
2/12/2013 4:00-5:00
Marvin Center 311

Honors/Anthropology Talk: Investment Futures and Market Imaginaries:
Entrepreneurs and Environmental Capitalism in Patagonia

Marcos Mendoza, University of Chicago
2/11/2013, 11 a.m.-noon
HAH 202

Honors/Anthropology Talk: Credit and Worth:
Financial Risk and the Moral Economy of Credit in India

Sohini Kar, Brown University
1/31/2013, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Honors Program Club Room
714 21st St., NW

Talk: Toward an Anthropology of the Second Nuclear Age
Hugh Gusterson, George Mason University
2/1/2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon
HAH 202

Honors/Anthropology Talk: From Values to Moral Facts: Corporate Social
Responsibility, Knowledge Practices, and the Making of 'Ethical
Capitalism' in Contemporary China

Andrew Hao, University of California-Berkeley
2/4/2013, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
HAH 202

GW Roots and Shoots General Body Meeting
1/29/2013, 7:30 p.m.
SMPA 307

Honors/Anthropology Talk: Using the Past to Serve the Present: Heritage, Development and Modernity in China
Robert Shepherd, GW
1/28/2013, 11:00 a.m. - noon
HAH 202

Grant-Writing Workshop: Prepare a Cotlow Fund Proposal
1/24/2013, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
1957 E St. 501

Capitol Archaeological Institute Discussion
Out of Africa: Recent Research and the Koobi Fora Field School
Alison Brooks, David Braun, Brian Richmond
12/4/2012, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
1957 E St. 113

Grant-Writing Workshop: Prepare a Cotlow Fund Proposal
11/29/2012, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
1957 E St. 403

CASHP Talk: Early Modern Humans on the Edge of Land and Sea
Curtis Marean, Arizona State University
11/14/2012, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
MPA Bldg. 302

CASHP Talk: New Data on the Industries and Human Remains from Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco
Harold Dibble, University of Pennsylvania
11/13/2012, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Marvin Center 301

Colloquium: Joshua Bell on The Veracity of Form: Transforming Knowledges and Their Mediation in the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea
11/5/2012, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

CASHP Talk: Evolving Larger Brains: Causes & Consequences
Georg Striedter, UC-Irvine
10/31/2012,  10:00-11:00 a.m.
Marvin Center 309

Halloween Party and Advising Fair: A Very Anthy Halloween
10/26/2012, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

Capitol Archaeological Institute Event
Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece
10/25/2012, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW
RSVP to Katie Paul

Lewis N. Cotlow Student Research Conference
10/19/2012, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Duqués Hall 151

CASHP Talk: Cooperation in Wild Chimpanzees
John Mitani, University of Michigan
9/26/2012,  10:00 a.m.
Marvin Center 309

TA/IA Meeting re Academic Integrity
9/24/2012,  11:20 a.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Anthropology Colloquium:
How Accusations of Shirk are not Always What They Seem:
Malaylis and Islamic Reformism and Traditionalism in Kerala

Caroline Osella
University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
9/17/2012, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Anthropology Society Welcome Back Picnic
9/14/2012, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Capitol Archaeological Institute Lecture
Photography and Archaeology
Frederick Bohrer, Hood College
9/12/2012, 5:30 p.m.
Smith Hall of Art 114

New Graduate Student Orientation
8/27/2012, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

Patio Grilling Party for all Graduate Students
8/27/2012, 4:00-7:00
Hortense Amsterdam House

Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Felicia Gomez
Genetic Variation at ICAM-1 and CD36: A Study of Malaria Resistance Candidate Loci in Diverse Global Human Populations
6/26/2012 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Graduation Celebration and Awards Ceremony
5/19/2012, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lisner Hall Terrace

Retirement Celebration for Prof. Catherine Allen
5/4/2012, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
West Hall, Mount Vernon Campus

Archaeology & Classics Club Spring Picnic
4/27/2012, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

Graduate School Information Session
Sponsored by the Anthropology Society
4/4/2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202

Book Launch Party for Foxboy by Prof. Catherine J. Allen
4/2/2012, 4:00 p.m.
1957 E St. 505

2012 Carroll Lecture in Archaeology
Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, AD 1200-1600
3/30/2012, 1-2:30 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House 202 (seminar room)

Anthropology Society Nowruz Potluck and T-Shirt Making Party
3/23/2012, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

Talk: Friendships, Stress and Motherhood among Wild Chimpanzees
Prof. Carson Murray
3/7/2012, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Bell Hall 106 

Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Nicolaas Fourie
Hair Cortisol in Wild and Captive Primates: Environmental Effects
and Behavioral Phenotypes

3/5/2012, 10:00 a.m.
2114 G St. 308

Darwin Day: Anthropology Society Potlatch
2/14/2012, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Hortense Amsterdam House

Capitol Archaeological Institute Lecture
The Majesty of Troy: Recent Discoveries 1990-2010
C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania
2/7/2012, Reception 6:30 p.m., Lecture 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Cultural Anthropology Talk Series: Grave Politics: Memory and the Work of Post-Conflict Repair
Sarah Wagner, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
2/6/2012, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense: Material Symbolism and Ochre Exploitation in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa
Andrew Zipkin, Ph.D. candidate
2/6/2012, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Bldg. BB, 2114 G St., 308

Cultural Anthropology Talk Series: Circulating the Social: Literacy Activists and Feminism in South Asia
Francis Cody, University of Toronto
2/3/2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cotlow Grant Proposal-Writing Workshop with Prof. Barbara Miller
2/1/2012, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1957 E St., 401 K

Cultural Anthropology Talk Series: South-South Collaboration, Embodied Expertise, and the Construction of Equivalency: How Cameroon Becomes 'Just like' Bolivia
Kate Centellas, University of Mississippi
1/30/2012, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Cultural Anthropology Talk Series: Landfills as Disculture: The Actors and Biopolitics of Euro-American Waste and Energy
Joshua Reno, University of London
1/27/2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

M.A. Student Fireside Chat: Edward C. Green, medical anthropologist
1/26/2012, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Anthropology of Gender Colloquium
'The Hand of God': DNA and Victim Subjectivity in Sexual Assault Intervention

Sameena Mulla, Marquette University
1/23/2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Anthropology of Gender Colloquium
Unintended Modern Citizenship: The Workings of Gender, Development Policies, and Islamic Beliefs in Urban Reproductive Health Clinics in Morocco
Cortney Hughes, George Mason University
1/20/12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Anthropology of Gender Colloquium
Explanation is Not the Point: 'House-talk' and South Asian Migrant Domestic Workers' Newfound Pieties in Kuwait
Attiya Ahmad, Wesleyan University
1/18/2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch with Jane B. Hart Lecturer Christopher DeCorse
11/11/2011, 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Jane B. Hart Distinguished Lecture
Christopher R. DeCorse
The African Atlantic World: West Africa Before and After
11/10/2011, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Lecture: The Elusive Object: The Role of Things in a Digital Age
11/08/2011, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Fall Advising Fair & Meet and Greet
11/03/2011, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

2011 Lewis N. Cotlow Student Research conference
10/14/2011, 02:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.

Dr. Joe Henrich speaks on the Cultural Brain Hypothesis
5/06/11, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Dissertation Proposal Defense: Fossil Footprints and the Evolution of Human Gait
5/06/11 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

IFER Lecture: Richard Shweder on Cultural Pluralism in the New World Order
4/19/11, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lecture: Lower End Artifact Collections
4/07/11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: Quest for King Solomon's Mines
3/21/11, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Panel discussion: Women Working for Women
3/07/11, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Lecture: Branding the Maya
3/03/11, 06:00 p.m. - 07:30 p.m.

Dissertation Defense: Biomechanics of Stone Tool Production
2/28/11, 11:00 AM - 12:00 p.m.

Dissertation Defense: Muscles and Myological Characters Illuminate Primate Phylogeny
2/23/11, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Talk: Animal Metacognition
2/18/11, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lecture: Development and Depopulation of the Mesa Verde Region
2/17/11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sigur Lecture: Tourism, Heritage, and Sacred Space in China
2/07/11, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Seminar: Ecology of Plio-Pleistocene Mammals and Hominid Evolution
2/02/11, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Roots & Shoots General Meeting
2/01/11, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Final Cotlow Grant-Writing Workshop
1/31/11, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.