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"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.
The Anthropology Section of the prestigious New York Academy of the Sciences will be holding its monthly meeting at the Wenner-Gren Foundation offices on Monday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. For this session, NYAS and the Foundation welcome Dr. Terry Harrison to discusses the problems and caveats involved with identifying the earliest specimens of Homo sapiens' evolutionary lineage and making inferences about their relationships.
"The Earliest Human Ancestors: Sorting the Contenders from the Pretenders" will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 PM.
“The Anthropology of Potentiality” was held from October 28-November 4, 2011, near Teresópolis, Brazil. Organizers of the meeting were Karen-Sue Taussig (U. of Minnesota) and Klaus Hoeyer (U. of Copenhagen). Eighteen scholars from Denmark, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States explored how anthropology can develop our understandings of the medical practices where potentiality is articulated and how such articulations interact with moral notions of humanness.
Rayed Khedher is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Tunis, Khedher received the Wadsworth International Fellowship in 2008 to aid training in socio-cultural anthropology at UCLA supervised by Dr. Sondra Hale. We reached out to Rayed to learn more about his education, his research on undocumented migrants in the Mediterranean, and to get an anthropologist's perspective on recent happenings in his country.
Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology, National University of Vietnam-Hanoi, recipient of the 2011 Institutional Development Grant. This renewable grant -- providing $25,000 per year for up to five years -- will enable the development of a doctoral program in anthropology at the University, which currently has an active undergraduate and Masters level program. The Foundation is very excited to support this venture and the growth of anthropology in Vietnam.
Go to the Wenner-Gren Blog to read an interview with Professor Van Suu Nguyen on the department and the state of anthropology in his country.
The 4th supplementary issue of the Wenner-Gren Symposia Series in Current Anthropology, "The Origins of Agricutlure: New Data, New Ideas" -- edited by: T. Douglas Price (Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Ofer Bar-Yosef (Harvard University) -- brings together a diverse international group of archaeological scientists to consider a topic of common interest and substantial anthropological import—the origins of agriculture.
Terra Edwards is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her project, entitled “'Language, Embodiment, and Sociality in a Tactile Life-world: Communication Practices in Everyday Life among Deaf-Blind People in Seattle, Washington,' supervised by Dr. William F. Hanks, received a Dissertation Fieldwork grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in May 2010. Currently in the midst of conducting her research, the Wenner-Gren blog reached out to Ms. Edwards to answer some questions about her research and academic interests.
Wenner-Gren is at the 110th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal where over 6000 anthropologists are expected for five days of discussion and debate. Things start Wednesday, however the World Council of Anthropological Associations met Tuesday. This is a meta-association of 38 national anthropological associations worldwide devoted to establishing a means for networking and communication for international anthropology. Over 20 presidents of these associations attended to discuss plans for WCAA symposia at future national meetings (see www.wcaanet.org for more information) and two new and exciting initiatives.
Chelsey Kivland is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation project, entitled 'Of Bands and Soldiers: Performance, Sovereignty, and Violence in Contemporary Haiti,' is supervised by Dr. Stephan Palmie and received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Recently the Wenner-Gren Blog reached out to Ms. Kivland to learn more about her work with Haitian ‘foot bands’ before and after the devastating 2010 earthquake.