News and Announcements

  • Anthropology Celebrates Larysa Carr

    On Thursday, 4/30/15, the Department threw a surprise retirement party for Assistant to the Chair, Larysa Carr, who has been at Penn for 27 years and in Anthropology for 21 of those years. Greg Urban, Bob Schuyler and Rick Dunn all made remarks, and Marge Bruchac serenaded Larysa to the tune of 'Melissa' by the Allman brothers. The weather was lovely and Larysa's family, along with many well-wishers from anthropology and other places around Penn, were in attendance.

    Larysa's will still be with the department until August 1st of this year.

  • Righteous Dopefiend Exhibit Travels to Museum of Culture and Environment

    Professor Philippe Bourgois' exhibit will be on display at Central Washington University's Museum of Culture and Environment in Ellensburg, Washington from January 7th through March 21st, 2015. The exhibit is based on the book Righteous Dopefiend, published in 2009 after Dr. Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg spent 12 years among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers on the streets of San Francisco. It was formerly featured at the Penn Museum from December 5, 2009 through May 2010.

    Learn more here.

  • Students get up close and personal with ancient skeleton

    Students in ANTH 267: The Living World in Archaeological Science were recently allowed to examine a 6,500 year old skeleton from the site of Ur. The skeleton was recently re-discovered after spending decades in museum storage. Students "[took] on the challenge of laying out a long-term research project framed around this individual" and will learn about the application of such techniques as X-rays, CT scans, and isotopic analysis. Read more here.

  • Anth Ugrad Vanessa Koh Named 2015 Dean's Scholar

    Undergraduate and Anthropology Major Vanessa Koh has been named a 2015 Dean's Scholar due to her outstanding academic record and intellectual promise. As an Anthropology major, Vanessa has worked extensively with Professors Adriana Petryna and Kathy Hall. Her senior thesis, which includes an investigation of migrant labor and housing policy in Singapore, is an ambitious project in which she is working to create new understandings of migration, its legal rules, social norming, economic impossibilities, and political and social inequalities. Vanessa will be honored at The Levin Family Dean's Forum by The Levin Family Dean's Forum by SAS Dean Steven Fluharty.

  • 'When Experiments Travel' Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize

    Professor Adriana Petryna's 2009 book 'When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects' has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize by the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing of the General Anthropology Division, and the Society for the Anthropology of Work. The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe's feminist anthropological research on work, science, and technology, including biomedicine.The committee praised Dr. Petryna's work for its "rich ethnographic contributions to our understanding of health capitalism" and its "original theoretical work on experimentality and ethical variability".

    The 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize and Honorable Mention will be awarded at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings in Washington DC, during the General Anthropology Division Awards Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture on Friday, December 5, 2015, at 1 pm in the Palladian Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

  • Native American and Indigenous Studies has a new home at Penn

    Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac, collaborating with like-minded colleagues across the University, has launched a new Native American and Indigenous Studies Program here at Penn. The program will be home to the new NAIS minor, and will be a hub for events, courses, and news related to Native American and Indigenous Studies at Penn and beyond. For more information, check out the newly-launched NAIS website.

    The new minor has been featured in both SAS Frontiers and the Penn Current.

  • Prof. John Jackson embarks on multi-city tour to address "The Future of Social Change"

    Recently named Dean of Penn's School of Social Policy, Anthropology Professor John Jackson will be traveling to cities across the US as part of The Future of Social Change Tour. This Fall, Dr. Jackson will host events in New York City, Tampa, and Washington D.C., with additional locations planned for Spring. Read more here.

  • Penn CHC Organizes Seminars on Saving Syrian Heritage

    The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, directed by Anthropology Professor Richard Leventhal, is bringing together activists, archaeologists and curators in an effort to preserve Syrian cultural heritage. Read more about their efforts in the 9/11/14 issue of Penn Current.

  • Adjunct Professor Janet Monge Named Philly's Best Museum Curator

    Philadelphia Magazine has named Dr. Janet Monge 'Best Museum Curator' as part of their 2014 Best of Philly series. Find out why Dr. Monge tops their list here, or see the Penn Museum's top ten reasons for celebrating Dr. Monge here.

  • Anthro Grad Student Receives Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Britt Dahlberg has been selected to receive a 2014 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project entitled 'Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science.' Britt's work "tracks the efforts of residents, government agencies, and local developers to locate environmental health threats as existing in the past, present, or future," taking the town of Ambler, Pennsylvania as a case study.

    To learn more about her research, click here.