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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).


Join us Monday, February 27th, when Dr. Timothy R. Pauketat presents "Water and the Big History of the Pre-Columbian Mississippii Valley" for the next installment of the New York Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Section "Framing" lecture series.  This event is free to attend, but attendees must preregister to gain admittance to the Wenner-Gren Foundation offices.

Join us Monday, January 30th for the first installment of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section Lecture sereis for 2017, when we welcome Dr. David Price from Saint Martin's University presenting "Re-FRaming the Impacts of Cold War CIA Fronts: HGow the CIA Shaped Social Science," and Dr. R. Brian Ferguson from Rutgers University, who will serve as discussant. Please note: this lecture is open and free to the public, but pre-registration is required and limited to 50 (fifty) guests.

Join us Monday evening December 5th at a NEW TIME 5:45 PM for the next installment of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section Lecture Series. Dennis O'Rourke, will be presenting "Ancient Genomes, Paleoenvironments, Archaeology and the Peopling of the Americas". Please note: pre-registration is required.

Join us this coming Monday, October 24th, as the foundation welcomes Didier Fassin from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, presenting his lecture "Re-Framing Punishment." Andrea Barrow from "Black Lives Matter" will serve as Discussant. Please note: you must pre-register to attend this event.

We kick off the 2016/2017 season of the NYAS Anthropology Lecture Series on Monday, September 26th with two members of NYU's Dept. of Anthropology, Dr. Faye Ginsburg and Dr. Rayna Rapp  presenting “Making Accessible Futures: from ramps to #cripthevote.” PLEASE NOTE: Lecture begins at 6pm.

Wenner-Gren Symposium #154 on “The Anthropology of Corruption" will be held September 9-15, 2016, at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Sintra, Portugal and organized by Sarah Muir (Barnard College, Columbia University) and Akhil Gupta (University of California, Los Angeles).