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Wenner-Gren LogoThe Wenner-Gren Foundation is announcing the search for its next Conference Program Associate to succeed Laurie Obbink, who has served in this role over the past three decades.  We are looking for a talented person to build on her exemplary service to the Foundation and anthropological profession.  Click here to see position opening announcement.  The Foundation is accepting applications through ZipRecruiter, https://www.ziprecruiter.com/job/db68ca79

Book CoversOn June 17th the Wenner-Gren Foundation and SAPIENS will be hosting a webinar on, “Anti-Blackness: Readings on Violence, Resistance, and Repair”.

Featuring books by Laurence Ralph (The Torture Letters), Savannah Shange (Progressive Dystopia), Christen A. Smith (Afro-Paradise), and Deborah A. Thomas (Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation) and a conversation with the authors on how their work speaks to our current moment.

Moderated by Danilyn Rutherford, Eshe Lewis, and Chip Colwell, the webinar will be began at 7:00 PM EDT (11:00 pm GMT)  Click here to register.

Information for grantees on procedures that must be followed if you are planning to do research in any of the countries sanctioned by the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assests Controls (OFAC).

Dr. Amelia FiskeIn 2012 Dr. Amelia Fiske received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to aid research on “The Making of Harm in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” supervised by Dr. Margaret J. Wiener. When Dr. Fiske was awarded an Engaged Anthropology Grant in 2019 she was able to return to Ecuador to aid engaged activities on, ”Toxic Inheritance: Our Common Chemical Constitutions and dependencies”.

Dr. Robin NelsonIn 2011 Dr. Robin Nelson received a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant to aid research on “Residential Context, Non-Kin Care and Child Health Outcomes in Jamaica”. After being awarded an Engaged Anthropology Grant in 2016 Dr. Nelson had the opportunity to return to the field to carry out her project, “Talking Back: Community Dialogues, Residential Care Settings, and Child Thriving in Jamaica”.

COVID-19On April 20th The New York Academy of Sciences will be hosting a webinar entitled “COVID-19 and Anthropology: Disease, Social Justice, and Well Being” featuring the following panelists: Shirley Lindenbaum, Merrill Singer, James H. Jones, Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Amber Wutich. 

Tonya Taylor, Assistant Professor, PhD/MS, College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate will serve as moderator.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm (ET). Webinar access via RSVP, live stream on Facebook.

Eduardo KohnOn February 24th The New York Academy of Sciences lecture series returns when Dr. Eduardo Kohn, Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, presents, “Forest for the Trees: Spirit, Psychedelic Science, and the Politics of Ecologizing Thought as a Planetary Ethics”. Dr. O. Hugo Benavides, Department Chair and Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University, will act as discussant.

Charles BriggsThe New York Academy of Sciences brings us another great installment of its lecture series on January 27th when Dr. Charles L. Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology University of California, Berkeley, presents, “On the Infectious Affinities of Viruses, Plants, and Dying Human Bodies: Species’ Shifting Boundaries and Uncertain Futures.” Dr. Jennifer Telesca, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice, Pratt Institute, will act as discussant. The event will be held at 5:45 PM at the Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065.

Please note: the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building. Early registration is strongly recommended, since seating is limited. For the buffet supper, registration is also required.

RileyMark your calendar for December 2nd as the New York Academy of Sciences lecture series continues with Dr. Erin P. Riley, Professor, Department of Anthropology, San Diego State University, Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Primatologists, who will be presenting, “Ethnoprimatology: Toward the Sustainable Coexistence of Human and Nonhuman Primates in the 21st Century.” Dr. Larissa Swedell, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College & CUNY Graduate Center Honorary Research Associate, University of Cape Town, will act as discussent. The event will be held at 5:45 PM at the Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065.

Vancouver
Photo: Derek K. Miller

Greetings from Wenner-Gren! If you are planning to attend the 2019 AAA Meetings in Vancouver, we’d love to see you at the following events:

Thursday, November 21st

How to Write a Grant Proposal for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the NSF Workshop 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, All are welcome! Location: Vancouver CC EAST, Room 13

SAPIENS — Story Time: How to Write for the Public 10:30 AM – 12:30PM (same time as Workshop above) Pre-registration required through AAA Website. Location: Vancouver CC, EAST, Room 17

Friday, November 22nd

A Tribute to the Life and Work of Sydel Silverman
Hosted by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Anthropology Program at CUNY Graduate Center, 8 -10PM, Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 220

Exhibit Hall Hours – Vancouver CC

Thursday, November 21, 9-5pm
Friday November 22, 9-5pm
Saturday, November 23, 9-4pm

Meet the Editors of Current Anthropology at U. Chicago Press Booth 208
Laurence Ralph and Lisa McKamy, Thursday and Friday from 10am-noon

Meet the Editors of SAPIENS at Wenner-Gren Booth 112
Daniel Salas, Thursday 12:30-2:30pm
Chip Colwell and Amanda Mascarelli, Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm

Meet the Wenner-Gren Staff at Booth 112, during Exhibit Hall Hours, except Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm (There’s no reception this year, but we’d still love to see you!)

We hope to see you soon!