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Anthropology professor, Stuart Kirsch, publishes account of the life and work of West Papuan artist Donatus Moiwend

MICHAEL COOKSON, STUART KIRSCH, and JASON MacLEOD | Angels in West Papua. In Memoriam Donatus Moiwend

Field Archaeology Series on Thursday

Dr. Saltini Semerari on the Greek colonization of southern Italy, Oct. 28

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?  


  • 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.