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Wenner-Gren Symposia

Burg Wartenstein Symposium 12 Group Photo
Burg Wartenstein Symposium #12, "Economics and Anthroplogy: Capital, Saving and Credit in Peasant Societies." Burg Wartenstein Conference Center 1960

Wenner-Gren conferences began in the 1940s as local evening lectures held in the Foundation’s library.  Over the years they evolved into more formal and sophisticated formats, and the Foundation became known for its landmark symposia.