On January 2, 2020, Kathleen Lynch gave the "Opening Night Lecture" for the Archaeological Institute of America meetings in Washington, D.C. Her lecture, "Conversations with a Pot Whisperer: Archaeological Ceramics and the Stories they Tell," demonstrated the many ways that archaeological pottery can inform us about its ancient users. She emphasized that pottery is the most humanizing of all artifacts because it exists only to serve human needs, and it survives in great abundance. The lecture was well-attended and an opening night reception followed. See the UC news article for more about the lecture.