The latest Engaged Anthropology Grant final report is in, with Dr. Manthi of the National Museum of Kenya telling us all about his journey back to the infamous Turkana Basin to share his research with the local population. Click through to the blog to learn about his experience and the current state of anthropology education in Kenya.
The department of social anthropology at Addis Ababa University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the latest recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s Institutional Development Grant program. This renewable grant will support the continued development of an undergraduate and graduate program in anthropology. To learn more about AAU, anthropology in Ethiopia, and the award, we spoke to Dr. Adugna Tufa Fekadu.
Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Foundation will be closed until power is restored in Lower Manhattan. We are all safe, but our servers are down, e-mail is not getting through and there is no one available to answer your phone questions. However, it is still possible to submit your applications through our online system. To help applicants in the hurricane affected area of the East Coast, we have extended the application deadline until November 5 for all applicants. We hope to be able to re-open the Foundation by the end of this week. Please check the website for further updates.
Dr. Frederick Manthi is senior research scientist and head of the paleontology division of the Department of Earth Sciences at the National Museums of Kenya. He has been involved with the Wenner-Gren foundation since 2006, completing several post-PhD research grants aiding investigation of Pleistocene-era Kenya. Beginning in 2007, Dr. Manthi has conducted a series of Human Evolution Workshops in his country with the intent of arming high school teachers with the proper tools to teach human evolution effectively in their schools.
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Monday night marked the second packed house in a row for the monthly meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences’ Anthropology section, hosted as always at the Wenner-Gren offices. This time, the hot topic (no pun intended) was Burning Man, the infamous counter-cultural event which metastasizes for months in the Nevadan desert before evaporating without a trace in the early autumn after a week of come-as-you-are celebrations of free expression.
Eric Plemons is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His project, “Making the Gendered Face” supervised by Dr. Cori Hayden, received a Dissertation Fieldwork grant in October 2010 and he is currently in the field. His research concerns the practice of Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) in the context of transgender medicine.
Linda Abarbanell is a Postdoctoral fellow in Education at Harvard. In 2010 she received a Post-PhD research grant to aid study of "Spatial Language and Reasoning in Tseltal Mayans".
Read more about Linda's work on the relationship between language, culture, and thought in the area of spatial language and cognition.
The Department of Anthropology, National University of Mongolia, is one of the first recipients of the Institutional Development Grant. It currently is in the last year of this five year grant. Read about the developments that have taken place in the Department.
"Terry Harrison’s Monday night talk on 'The Earliest Human Ancestors: Sorting the Contenders from the Pretenders' was one of the most successful Wenner-Gren/New York Academy of Sciences (Anthropology section) talks in recent years," reports Wenner-Gren President, Leslie C. Aiello.