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Anthropology is well known for its capacious and ever-expanding framework and its embrace of diversity. Yet, this universal circumstance has too often been neglected in our field.  Ethnographic studies of embodiment, personhood, kinship, gender/sexuality/reproduction, cognitive diversity, violence and its disabling aftermath, as well as citizenship and biopolitics remain incomplete and undertheorized without the consideration of disability. This framework provides a powerful lens to refocus and potentially transform thinking about new and enduring concerns shaping contemporary anthropology. At its most basic, the recognition of disability as a social fact helps us to understand the cultural specificities of personhood and to reconsider the unstable boundaries of the category of the human. This symposium addresses the transformative value of critical anthropological studies of disability for many of our discipline’s key questions. 

Join us at 5:45pm, Monday, February 26th as we welcome Dr. Jessica Cattelino from UCLA presenting "Passions for Interests: Water and Rural Political Belonging in America,” as part of the NYAS Anthropology Section's Lecture Series.  Dr. Paige West from Barnard College and Columbia University will be the discussant.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and guests must pre-register to gain entry into the Wenner-Gren Foundation's offices.

Join us at 5:45pm on Monday, January 29th as we kick off the first NYAS Anthropology Section Lecture of 2018 when we welcome Dr. Patricia Wright from University of Stony Brook presenting her lecture, "Will Humans Survive our Assault on the Earth? A Message from Madagascar." Dr. Joel Cohen from Rockefeller University & Columbia University will serve as discussant.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and pre-registration is required for entry into the Wenner-Gren offices

Join us Monday, November 13th at 5:45pm for the third installment of this season's NYAS Anthropology Section's Lecture Sereies, when we welcome Dr. Agustin Fuentes from University of Notre Dame for his lecture, "Are racism, violence, and inequality part of “human nature”? Why understanding human evolution matters."  Dr. Susan Anton from New York University will serve as discussant. Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building.


Join us 5:45 PM on Monday, October 23rd, for the second installment of this season's NYAS Anthroplogy Section Lecture Series:"Getting Talked into (and out of) Whiteness," presented by Dr. Mary Bucholtz, Professor of Linguistics from the University of California - Santa Barbara. Dr. Angela Reyes, Professor and Deputy Chair, English Department, Hunter College, CUNY and member of doctoral faculty in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, will serve as the evening's discussant. Preregistration through the New York Academy of Sciences at or by phone (212-298-8640 or 212-298-8600) is strongly recommended since seating is limited.

Join us at the Wenner-Gren Foundation on September 25th at 5:45 PM as we kick off the first New York Academy of Sciences lecture of the fall series. Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University will be presenting, “The Refugee as a Political Figure for our Time”. Dr. Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor and Chair at the New School for Social Research will act as discussant.

When geologists first argued that modern humans were a geological force and should have an epoch named after them—Anthropocene—cultural anthropologists were skeptical. After all, the term encapsulated many of the problems anthropologists have pointed to in science policy, including willingness to view the planet as a homogeneous space and the human race as a homogenous group. In the past few years, however, anthropologists have begun to join multidisciplinary conversations in hopes that anthropological insights might reshape Anthropocene discussions, and, conversely, that the urgencies of the Anthropocene might spark a new anthropology. This Wenner-Gren Symposium pushes forward this agenda through an exploration of a “patchy Anthropocene,” that is, the fragmented landscapes of livability and unlivability created by colonialism and industrial development. 

Join us Monday evening April 24th at 5:45 PM at The Wenner-Gren Foundation for the next installment of the New York Academy of Sciences lecture series. Laura Nader, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley will be presenting, "Unraveling Disciplinary Mind-sets". Dr. Nadia Abu El-Haj, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College/Columbia University will act as discussant. Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building.

Join us Monday, March 27th at 6:30PM, when the New York Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Section's Lecture series continues with this presentation by Dr. Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in Brazi) and Dr. Janet Chernela from University of Maryland serving as Discussant.  Please note: you must pre-register to attend this event.

Wenner-Gren Symposium #155 on “Cultures of Militarism" will be held March 11-17, 2017, at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Sintra, Portugal. The conference is organized by Catherine Besteman (Colby College) and Hugh Gusterson (George Washington University).