History of the Foundation

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"African Ecology and Human Evolution" candid photo
"African Ecology and Human Evolution," Burg Wartenstein 1961. Left to right: Jean Hiernaux, Jean de Heinzelin, Theodore Monod, A.T. Gove, John Robinson, H.B.S. Cooke, W.W. Bishop, R.E. Moreau.

Twenty-four symposia were held at Burg Wartenstein between 1960 and 1965.

Among the symposia listed below are several landmark conferences that either served as the basis for influencial books -- such as "Cross-Cultural Similarities in the Urbanization Process" (resulting in the seminal text, "Courses Toward Urban Live") -- or serve as important milestones in theoretical development of a discipline.  Such is the case with "Behavioral Consequences of Genetic Differences in Man," which Emoke Szathmary highlights in her report on Biological Anthropology in the 50th Anniversary Report as representing "the apparent end and then a resurgence of research in the biology of social phenomena."

And while the vast majority of Wenner-Gren symposia during the 1960s were held at the Burg Wartenstein Conference Center, several very significant meetings were held in other locations such as "Man the Hunter," which was organized by Richard B. Lee and Irven DeVore and held at the University of Chicago in 1966.




(No symposia were held during this year)








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