Adult Speaker Series

Date: Feb 10, 2020 18:45:00 to 21:00

6:45 pm - Doors Open to the general public
7:00pm - Lecture
Q & A afterward
Cash bar
Free event

This event is free and aimed at an adult audience.

We are pleased to acknowledge that CBC Daybreak North - Northern British Columbia is the official media sponsor of the Adult Speaker Series.

Dr. Tripp is a biomedical anthropologist whose primary research area focuses on the demography and health of small scale communities. Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, her study populations are marginalized colonial settings situated in the 19th and 20th centuries. Lianne's research has examined population variation of the disease experience in the Maltese islands and Gibraltar. Working with local historians and medical researchers, she has gained considerable insight into the interplay of social and biological determinants of the population health of these Mediterranean communities.

Her areas of interest include infectious diseases and epidemics. As such, her research topics have covered an array of infectious diseases: cholera, influenza, tuberculosis and undulant fever (also known as brucellosis).  While she typically focuses on historical human populations that involve archival resources, she has also undertaken research on the history of the only free-ranging European population of monkeys- the macaques of Gibraltar. For her Adult Speakers Series presentation, she will discuss the new insights from the recently published co-authored book "Monkey Tales: A living legacy and perfect nuisance."

Monkeys Tales explores the human-macaque experience in Gibraltar using archival, historic, and contemporary sources. On one hand, the Gibraltar macaque is viewed as iconic: a living legacy and symbolism of Britishness. On the other hand, the monkey is considered as a pest, a nuisance, and at times, a menace. The ongoing tension that exists for over three centuries sets the backdrop for showcasing the Gibraltar macaque on the global stage.

As every visitor to Gibraltar knows meeting the monkeys face-to-face is among the things to see while on the Rock. Monkey Tales will add to that experience by taking you on a journey through time from their early appearance in Gibraltar, during Moorish times to today. You will learn the answers to both facts and fiction about the only “wild monkeys in Europe.” Is there a monkey cemetery located in Gibraltar? Is it true that every Governor of Gibraltar has issued at least one edit about the monkeys? Why was Tony the Ape Dictator Executed in 1944? Is there a tunnel from Gibraltar to North Africa, and is that where the monkeys bury their dead? What do the ravens and the Tower of London, and Gibraltar apes have in common? Is it true that the monkeys can speak? When, and why, did the monkeys have names and serial numbers in the British Army? Why did Churchill order more monkeys to be imported from North Africa during the Second World War? What is the Monkey Book, and who wrote it? Are the monkeys actually the Lions of Gibraltar? Are the Gibraltar macaques the earliest example of primate conservation in the World?