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February marks the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s 70th anniversary. The Foundation (then known as The Viking Fund) was incorporated in 1941 at the behest of Axel Wenner-Gren with a donation of $2 million dollars. Today the Foundation provides over $5 million dollars each year in support of Anthropology worldwide.
The Foundation will be sponsoring several different events at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans, November 17-21, 2010.
We hope you will be able to join us!
The first Barbara Metzger Prize has been awarded to Jan Blommaert, professor of language, culture, and globalization at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and professor in African linguistics and sociolinguistics at Ghent University in Belgium.
The second issue of the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series, published through Current Anthropology will be mailed alongside the regular October 2010 issue. Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas is edited by Setha Low (CUNY) and Sally Merry (NYU). The Foundation is now publishing the output of its symposia through the journal. This allows symposium articles to be available for worldwide distribution and access
The Lecture series from the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences returns to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for its third year. Find out more about the dates and line-up planned for this year's Monday night talks.
Roberto Abadie, (Ph.D Graduate Center, CUNY 2006) is a recipient of the Wadsworth International Fellowship from Wenner-Gren Foundation from 2000-2006. The grant enabled him to come from Uruguay and pursue his doctoral studies in anthropology in New York City. After completing his Doctorate he received a Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the writing and publication of his dissertation into a book. The book: The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects has just been published by Duke University Press and has been featured on Time Magazine's website among other places .
Working 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).
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.
The 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)