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Tune In Tuesdays: Music Time in Africa

The Sarkisian collection is a collection of African popular music brought to U of M as part of Professor Kelly Askew's NEH grant.

Carla Sinopoli is guest curator of "Less Than Perfect" exhibit at Kelsey Museum

UMMAA Asian Archaeology and Ethnology curator Carla Sinopoli is guest curator of the "Less Than Perfect" exhibit at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology which opened on August 26, 2016, exploring themes of perfection, imperfection, and failure.

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.