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"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences." – Ruth Benedict

Joan DonovanOn November 6, 2020 the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences in partnership with the Wenner-Gren Foundation hosted the the second installment in the webinar series: Criticism Inside, Alternatives Alongside: Organizing Otherwise to Intervene in Anthropology’s Future“, with the webinar, “Civil and Civic Manipulations: Activism, Media, and Public Policy”, featuring Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University Kennedy School. 

Watch it now.

webinar posterThe From Margins to the Mainstream webinar series continues into 2021 with a slate of lectures kicking off on January 13th and extending into the spring. Be sure to check out the full schedule of webinars in the series on the way.

Mariane VieiraIn 2019, the Wenner-Gren Foundation piloted the Wadsworth Institutional Grant in the Department of Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, based in the National Museum of Brazil, the site of a devastating fire.  At a time when Brazil’s right-wing government has slashed budgets for academic research, this new program provides pilot funding and training in grant writing to doctoral students, who in the future will be increasingly dependent on international sources of support.

Webinar PosterFrom September to November the Wenner-Gren Foundation sponsored a new webinar series entitled, “Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment“, co-sponsored by UCLA Asia Pacific Center, the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, The University of New England through the First Peoples Rights and Law Centre, and the National Cheng-chi University through the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS).

Watch the entire series here.

Webinar PosterOn October 23rd the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences in partnership with the Wenner-Gren Foundation kicked off the first installment of the webinar series: Criticism Inside, Alternatives Alongside: Organizing Otherwise to Intervene in Anthropology’s Future“. An archive of the first episode, “Introducing the Series: Theory and Practice at the Edges of Academia” can be seen here.

Webinar PosterOn November 9th the New York Academy of Sciences hosted the lecture, “What Is the Utility of Anthropology in This Moment of Emergency?” Watch it now.

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