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CA CoverWorking Memory: Beyond Language and Symbolism is the first volume of the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series to be published by Current Anthropology. The Foundation has recently begun to publish the output of its symposia through the journal. This allows symposia articles to be available for worldwide distribution and access. Working Memory, mailed alongside the June 2010 issue of Current Anthropology, is edited by Thomas Wynn (University of Colorado) and Frederick Coolidge (University of Colorado).

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Dr Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History headed an international team of scientists that has announced the discovery of a 3.6 million-year-old partial skeleton of “Lucy’s” species. The initial analysis, published this week in the Early Online Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), confirms that "Lucy" and her relatives were as as proficient as ourselves as walking on two legs. Read more about the findings and the press release here.

goup photoThe Foundation hosted an international conference last month near Teresópolis, Brazil, to analyze the history of physical/biological anthropology, focusing on the study of human biological diversity around the world. The meeting was organized by Ricardo Ventura Santos and Susan Lindee.

Dr. Kimberly Theidon (Harvard) is a three-time Wenner-Gren grantee. Her first book is now the inspiration behind one of the five films nominated for the 2010 Academy Award Best Foreign Language film: The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada), directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru)

Book CoverRitual Communication, edited by Gunter Senft and Ellen B. Basso, is newly published by Berg Publishers and now available for purchase. Find out more about this volume, and the development of the symposium series here.....

Program Changes ImageThe Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce an increase in the maximum grant amount for the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from $15,000 to $20,000 for applications submitted by the May 1, 2010 deadline.

Zoe Crossland giving a lecture for NYAS anthropology sectionThe Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences kicks off its Monday night lecture series on Monday, October 5 with a lecture by Shirley Lindenbaum (Graduate Center, CUNY) titled Four Ways To Tell The Kuru Story . Find out about the upcoming lecture series held at the Wenner-Gren Foundation Offices

Dr. Joe WatkinsDr. Joe Watkins, Director of Native American Studies at University of Oklahoma and member of the Wenner-Gren Foundation's academic advisory council appears on PBS Series “Time Team America” starting on July 8th

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce the Osmundsen Initiative that will provide up to an additional $5,000 of support for select applicants who receive either a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant. We hope that this new initiative will help to offset necessary cuts in our maximum grant amounts for these programs.