Anthropology Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Conference

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The department of anthropology invites the campus community to participate in its 50th anniversary conference, “Engaging Anthropology,” Oct. 3-6.

Through papers, presentations, workshops, posters and other activities, the conference seeks to engage the discipline of anthropology through critical dialogue.

A number of events including tours, dinners and socials, community engaged workshops and professional development sessions for students will take place.

Some of the planned talks and panels include:

“Distinguished Lecturer in the Anthropology of Europe”

Lilith Mahmud, associate professor of anthropology, University of California Irvine

“Archaeology of the 21 Century”


Jason De León, professor of anthropology and Chicana/o studies, University of California, Los Angeles

“Black Feminism Today”

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amanda Walker Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dana-Ain Davis, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate Center, CUNY
Riché J. Daniel Barnes, dean of Pierson College and affiliate professor of anthropology at Yale University

“Engaging the Present, Envisioning the Future”

Jodi Dean, professor of political science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stephen Healy, senior research fellow, Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, member of the Community Economies Collective.

“How Do We Define ‘Human?’”

 Jeremy DeSilva, associate professor of anthropology, Dartmouth College

For a full list of events or to register for the conference, visit the “Engaging Anthropology” website.