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The Wenner-Gren Foundation is committed to playing a leadership role in anthropology.   We help anthropologists advance anthropological knowledge, build sustainable careers, and amplify the impact of anthropology within the wider world. We dedicate ourselves to broadening the conversation in anthropology to reflect the full diversity of the field.

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

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.

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.

In response to urgent calls to address systemic racism in all spheres of institutional life, a group of archaeology centers based in the United States have come together to identify avenues for concrete change.  Since July, center directors and representatives have been meeting via Zoom to consider ways to move archaeology forward towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Webinar PosterOn October 19th the New York Academy of Sciences hosted the lecture, "Migration through the Camera Lens: Ethnography, Film, and the Migration Crisis". Watch it now.

Webinar PosterThe Wenner-Gren Foundation in partnership with the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences are excited to announce a new webinar series, “Criticism Inside, Alternatives Alongside: Organizing Otherwise to Intervene in Anthropology’s Future“. For the full schedule of dates and how to register click here.

Photo of Ibrahima ThiawYou won’t want to miss reading Ibrahima Thiaw’s recently published article, “Archaeology of Two Pandemics and Teranga Aesthetic”, in the newest issue of African Archaeological Review. In the article Dr. Thiaw shows how “the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how coloniality and racism are endemic to modern society” and reveals “the relevance of the archives, including the archaeological record, as usable resources for managing the problems of our times”.

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