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MEDIA ADVISORY: "Alfred Kroeber and his Legacy"

ATTENTION: Assignment Desks

04 April 2002
Contact: By Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651


"Alfred Kroeber and his Legacy," a two-day conference featuring distinguished alumni from the University of California, Berkeley's anthropology department, along with other prominent anthropologists from around the world. They will explore historical highlights of the first century of the department, launched in 1902 with a course taught by Alfred Kroeber. Participants also will discuss the evolving global role of anthropology.


Friday, April 12, 4-6:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-3:30 and 4-6:30 p.m.


On Friday at Doe Library's Morrison Room, UC Berkeley.
On Saturday at the campus's Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2040.

Karl Kroeber, professor of comparative literature at Columbia University, author of "Artistry in Native American Myths", and son of Alfred Kroeber, talking about his father and anthropological history.

Vincanne Adams, associate professor of medical anthropology at UC San Francisco, discussing medical anthropology and the legacy of UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus George Foster.

Aron Crowell, director of Alaska's regional office of the Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center, talking about indigenous collaboration.

Sam Smith, author of "Why Bother? Getting a Life in a Locked Down Land," speaking about "Practicing Anthropology Without a License."

Roger Lancaster, professor of anthropology at George Mason University and author of "The Trouble With Nature: Sex in Popular Science and Mass Culture."

Paul Farmer, medical anthropology professor and co-director of the program in infectious disease and social change at Harvard, on anthropology of structural violence.

Charles Kernaghan, the National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights' executive director, on workers' struggles in the global economy.

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