Anthropology

Engaging Global Perspectives series

The UNCW Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce another year of Anthropology lecture series. Thanks to special funding from the College of Arts and Sciences & co-sponsors, scholars in Anthropology will visit UNCW and present their ground-breaking research to the public and members of the Anthropology club in this year's series "Engaging Global Perspectives"
  
See below dates and information for upcoming lectures:

"Reflections on Our Closest Living Relatives and Ourselves:  Sex, Bonding and Dominance in Bonobos"
Dr. Amy Parish
Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM, Randall Library Auditorium (RL 2047)

What really separates "man" from "animal", if indeed there is such a separation?  We are desperate to know. Approximately 200 species including humans

Bonobo mother and child © amyrparish

© amyrparish

belong to the Primate mammalian order. Like all animals, they are faced with the problems of how to survive, breed and rear offspring. The mating behavior of the apes is particularly complex and fascinating. Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) societies are typically characterized as physically aggressive, male-bonded and male-dominated. Their close relatives, the bonobos (Pan paniscus), differ in fascinating and significant ways. For instance, female bonobos bond with one another, form coalitions, and dominate males. Some researchers are reluctant to consider, let alone acknowledge, female dominance in bonobos. Both species are equally "man's" closest relative. How do these findings change our views of our evolution and ourselves?  This talk explores and compares the sexual and social behavior our closest living relatives: chimpanzees and bonobos. 

Dr. Amy Parish is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches at University of Southern California. She received her undergraduate training at University of Michigan and her graduate school education at University of California-Davis and then taught at University College London.  The Leakey Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Center for Feminist Research, and Sigma Xi have funded her work. She is currently writing a book and is affiliated faculty in the Psychology Department at Georgetown University; an Honorary Research Associate at University College London; and a lecturer in the Public Health program at USC.  Dr. Parish has studied the world’s captive population of bonobos for the last twenty-five years.

This talk is made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, and is co-sponsored by the Psychology Department, the Women's Studies & Resource Center, and the Honors College.  All are welcome!

What is a bonobo?  Check this link for more information!

"What Does it Mean to be Human?"
Dr. Marc Kissel
September 7 @ 6:30 PM  RL 2047

Please join the UNCW Department of Anthropology for this year's first installment of UNCW's Dean's Lecture Series in the Humanities. 
 
"What does it mean to be human? How paleoanthropology can help us understand our place in nature". 

Dr. Marc Kissel from Appalachian State's Department of Anthropology will bring together human symbolic expression throughout the ages. In this presentation he will utilize breakthroughs in human evolution, theology, philosophy, and genetics to help us answer one of the core questions of our existence. 
 
We welcome UNCW students and faculty in all departments, as well as the broader Wilmington community. Dr. Kissel’s work exemplifies the bridge between the humanities and STEM to help us gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. 

All are welcome

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