From our Department Head

Anthropology is a discipline that has the privilege to study human diversity, through time and globally.  And what that has taught us is that humans have a huge range of experiences and many ways of living, none of us or our societies having achieved perfection, but all of us sharing in the great adventure of living life to its fullest.  While being true to ourselves and our cultural values sometimes results in stepping on toes, our goal is to figure out how we can live as neighbors on one small planet, helping one another to achieve fulfillment, peace, and freedom while making those things work for everyone.

Today, when we hear about people deciding a presidential election may turn the tide away from respect, neighborliness, and acceptance, we should step forward and reassert our commitments to the values that we share.  Our University has a nondiscrimination policy that we can point to on the university website (see Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, Purdue University), and our Provost has today reiterated this commitment.

Please join me in reaching out to all those who may need the extra hand of friendship at this time and all who need to know that we at Purdue continue our commitment to a world where human rights are honored and human dignity is the common goal.  Ellen Gruenbaum, Head and Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology

Anthropologists can help change the world. We do this, in part, by making sure our graduates are prepared with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers. In Anthropology, you will work on global problems in interdisciplinary teams. You can participate in summer field schools around the world, study abroad, and do other hands-on research. We are committed to exploring human diversity across time and space.  We invite you to join us!

Upcoming Events

Brazil Study Abroad Program Call Out
January 26, 5:00-6:00 PM
BRNG B242

CRYPH-Center for Research on Young Peoples Health welcomes participation 
"Beyond Risk: Social Influences of Young Women's Health in Africa"
Friday | Feb. 24th | 12:00-5:00 PM | STEW Room 218

Latest News

1/18/2017 - Attention Anthropology majors: The Anthropology Department is making a small pool of funds available to support conference travel for Anthropology majors!  Currently registered Anthropology majors presenting and/or co-authoring a paper or poster at a professional or academic conference are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions for Spring 2017 travel is Friday, February 10, 2017 by noon. 

1/18/2017 - Earn 6 credits and an experience of a lifetime by joining the summer 2017 study abroad course in the Brazilian Amazon where you not only learn about ethnographic methods but also the complex dynamics of Indigenous rights, natural resource management, development, and conservation in the region. With a focus on applied, visual, and other qualitative methods, we work with community partners and learn about a variety of livelihood strategies in the Amazon region. A partnership with Brazilian universities and an indigenous NGO are some of the highlights of the course where students live and work alongside experts in the area. Questions? contact lzanotti@purdue.edu  or  iramonpa@purdue.edu Refer to the above links for a call out meeting and link to further details.

1/9/2017 - Dr. Amanda Veile and Dr. Jennifer Johnson were featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Purdue University's Think Magazine. Their research was showcased as part of an article on "Feminism's Future."

1/9/2017 - Dr. Amanda Veile received a $35,000 grant from the College of Liberal Arts (Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences) for her project "Biology and Socioecology of Birth and Early Childhood Maturational Processes: A Semi-Longitudinal Study of Yucatec Maya Subsistence Farmers."  Read details here.

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