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It’s putrid, it’s paleo, and it’s good for you

How do you get your vitamin C where no fruit and veg will grow? That’s a question that puzzled John Speth, an archaeologist and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

Jason De León featured in AM New York

DNA samples from immigrant families sought to help ID missing

The Anthropology Department is made up of Four Subfields:   

What does it mean to be human?  Where have we come from?  How do we live and communicate?

What forces have shaped human physiology and social life?  

ANTHROPOLOGY IS ABOUT:

  • Understanding how we produce goods and power, make kinship and gender, decide what is right and wrong, build and destroy environments -- all in such a variety of ways;

  • Studying language and other forms of communication, such as new media, technology, and the arts;

  • Through archaeological excavations, examining big picture changes in society, culture, and biology over time -- from the deep human past to the fraught realities of lives unfolding today;

  • Investigating the evolution of human and non-human primates through study of adaptation, genetics, behavior, and ecology -- confronting the contours and limits of human uniqueness.

 

Save the date! The 2018 Roy A. Rappaport Lectures

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan will present the Winter 2018 Roy A. Rappaport Lectures by Damani Partridge.

This series of four public lectures will be based on Professor Partridge's  book-in-progress in Winter term 2018.  Please save the dates below!

1/19/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

2/23/2018 3:00 p.m.  in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

3/09/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

4/6/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

 

Damani Partidge is associate professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies. He has published on questions of citizenship, sexuality, post-Cold War “freedom,” Holocaust memorialization, African-American military occupation, the production of noncitizens, and the Obama moment in Berlin.