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  • Anthropology

  • Events 

    Monday, October 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Is Clovis Still First?

    Speaker: Stuart J. Fiedel (The Louis Berger Group, "Is Clovis Still First?")
    Discussant: Peter Siegel (Montclair State University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning

    Featuring: Adam Frank (University of Rochester), David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tim Maudlin (New York University), Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
    Moderator: Steve Paulson (Wisconsin Public Radio)

    Astrophysicists Adam Frank and Priyamvada Natarajan, historian of science David Kaiser, and philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin share their thoughts on what contemporary physics can offer in the quest to understand our place in the universe.

  • Past Events

    Monday, September 22, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Perspectives on Nation Unbound: The Transnational Migration in the Current Conjuncture

    Featuring: Nina Glick Schiller (University of Manchester, UK; Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany; COMPAS, Oxford University)
    Discussant: Linda Basch (Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow Athena Fellow, Barnard College President Emerita, National Council for Research on Women/Re:Gender)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropology in the greater New York area.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    When Science Bites Back!

    Speakers: Joshua Ginsberg (Wildlife Conservation Society), Alexandra Horowitz (Barnard College), Oscar Pineda-Catalan (American Museum of Natural History), Diana Reiss (Hunter College)

    From the pets we love to the rats we hate—the human condition is closely intertwined with animals. These animal experts will discuss the real story of animals from your backyard to the most extreme environments in the world, and what happens when they don't necessarily want you around.

    Monday, April 28, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Capitalism and Cloves: Islamic Plantations on Nineteenth-Century Zanzibar

    Speaker: Sarah K. Croucher (Wesleyan University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

    Monday, March 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Culture and the Brain: A Panel Discussion

    Daniel Lende (University of South Florida), Rayna Rapp (New York University)

    The Academy's Anthropology Section is the crossroads for four-field anthropologists in the greater New York area.

  • Publications 

    eBriefing

    Feeding the Planet: An Evening with Alan Weisman

    Speaker: Alan Weisman (Author)

    Award-winning author Alan Weisman discussed his latest book, Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? In the book he considers whether and how humans can sustainably thrive on Earth without crashing the global ecosystem.

    eBriefing

    Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner

    Moderator: Dan Pashman (Journalist)
    Panelists: Steve Ettlinger (Author) and Dwight Eschliman (Photographer)

    Steve Ettlinger and Dwight Eschliman described their investigation of the ingredients in processed foods and discussed their upcoming book, Foodstuff, at the finale of the Academy's Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series.

    Annals

    The Evolution of Human Handedness

    Edited by William C. McGrew (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom), Wulf Schiefenhövel (Max Planck Society, Andechs, Germany), and Linda F. Marchant (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)

    This Annals issue presents multidisciplinary research that tackles the question of how and why humans evolved handedness.

    Volume 1288

    eBriefing

    New Thoughts about Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

    Keynote Speaker: David B. Allison (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    Perhaps the most disturbing facet of the rise in obesity worldwide is the rise in childhood obesity. This eBriefing features researchers, physicians, teachers, and other professionals at the front lines of the childhood obesity epidemic who met in Bimghamton, NY to discuss this alarming public health problem.

  • Podcasts

    Podcast
    September 10, 2010

    What Makes Us Wise?

    Can we all be wise old owls? Science journalist Stephen Hall and neuroscientist Andre Fenton dissect what we call wisdom, from the neurons in our brain, to the social constructs behind it.

    Download (22 MB, 00:42:32)
    Podcast
    August 27, 2010

    Better Brains

    Neuroscientist Richard Restak thinks with the right mental exercises, our brains can be much better. Today he teams with writer Susan Orlean to talk about our brainy potential.

    Download (35 MB, 00:54:21)
    Podcast
    August 13, 2010

    How Prosperity Evolves

    With our economy a shambles and our environment threatened, is there any reason to be optimistic about the future? Matt Ridley says there's scientific proof to say we should be.

    Download (33 MB, 00:51:28)
    Podcast
    May 14, 2010

    Why Him, Why Her?

    What attracts us to a mate? Is "chemistry" really to blame for love at first sight? Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher explains the science behind our mating preferences.

    Download (36 MB, 00:55:43)
  • Translational Medicine Initiative

    Macy FoundationThe Translational Medicine Initiative represents a three-year partnership between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to support the translation of basic science research into clinical applications.

    Learn more at www.nyas.org/TransMed.