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The Wenner-Gren Foundation has three major goals: to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development, and variation; to foster the international community of research scholars in anthropology; and to provide leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

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

Ira Berlin portraitIt is with heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Ira Berlin on June 5, 2018.  Ira was a beloved member of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Board of Trustees (2008-2018) and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland.  He was a renowned historian revered for his groundbreaking scholarship on slavery and life during its aftermath.

His compassion and commitment to the Wenner-Gren Foundation was steadfast as was his belief in the potential of anthropology to make a difference in the world.  The Foundation is forever grateful for his many contributions and extraordinary friendship over the years, and extends condolences to his family on their loss.

Ira Berlin, transformative historian of slavery in America, dies at 77 – The Washington Post

Laurence RalphThe Wenner-Gren Foundation and the University of Chicago Press are delighted to announce the selection of Laurence Ralph to serve as Current Anthropology’s next editor.  As of January 1, 2019, he will succeed Mark Aldenderfer, the journal’s current editor, who has led the journal with wisdom and vision for the past ten years.

Gesture Conference PhotoSummer is upon us and we're excited to kick off the season with four Wenner-Gren supported conferences in July:

  • Eighth Conference Of the The International Society For Gesture Studies: Gesture And Diversity
  • World Council Of Anthropological Associations Biennial Conference
  • 18th World Congress of IUAES World (Of) Encounters: The Past, Present And Future Of Anthropological Knowledge
  • Twelfth International Conference On Hunting And Gathering Societies (CHAGS 12)

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