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Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand elected Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction

Date posted: June 4th, 2017

Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand was elected Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), the main international body of scholars with research focus on issues of human reproduction. CAR is the largest special interest group under the American Anthropological Association with an active membership of nearly 300 scholars world-wide. …Read more.

Applications being accepted for a Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

Date posted: April 11th, 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position in our program in medical anthropology and global health beginning in the 2017 – 2018 academic year. …Read more.

Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series featuring Dr. John Bing

Date posted: March 20th, 2017

April 10, 2017

4:15 – 5:30PM


The Department of Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series will feature Dr. John Bing, Founder and Chairmen of ITAP International. The lecture is entitled “The Case for Comparative Quantitative Measures of Cultures: The Many Dimensions of Geert Hofstede.” Light refreshments will be provided.


Dr. John Bing is founder and Chairman of ITAP International, a consulting firm with global operations. His consulting experience spans the Americas, Europe and Africa and the pharmaceutical, consumer product, information technology industries and United Nations Agencies. He designed the original version of ITAP International’s Team Process Questionnaire family of consulting instruments and developed a new version of the Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire, originally created by Geert Hofstede. The field of cross-cultural research and practice has come into its own over the past fifty years, with the work of Geert Hofstede as the exemplar. His extensive published work on dimensions of culture has not been without controversy, but his methodology has prevailed and yielded practical approaches to comparing national cultures that have opened new approaches to learning. This lecture will review his methodological approaches and a practical application of his methodology.

Seinenu Thein-Lemelson Lecture

Date posted: March 16th, 2017

March 23, 2017

11:30 – 12:45 PM


This lecture, co-sponsored with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, is featuring Seinenu Thein-Lemelson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR), University of California, Berkeley. The lecture is entitled “Fear and Silence in Burma and Indonesia: Comparing Two National Tragedies and Tracing Possible Pathways Towards Resilience.”


There is a growing literature indicating that individuals often respond to traumatic experience with resilience, yet it is not clear what specific factors facilitate recovery. In particular, it has been challenging to identify the larger historical, structural, political, and cultural factors that predict individual outcome in the context of life-span development.  This lecture will discuss the comparative case analysis of two historic national tragedies in Southeast Asia: one in Burma, the other in Indonesia. The two case studies illuminate how the social and political landscape, following traumatic events, can be shaped to allow victims of trauma to thrive, rather than recede into silence.

Robert Lemelson Seminar

Date posted: March 13th, 2017

March 23, 2017

2:00 – 5:00 PM


This seminar, co-sponsored with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, is featuring Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., Research Anthropologist, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Associate Adjunct Professor, UCLA; Department of Anthropology; President, Foundation for Psychocultural Research, Kepala Desa, Elemental Productions. The seminar is entitled “Afflictions: Steps Towards and Integration of Visual, Medical and Psychological Anthropology.” 


The ubiquity and inexpensive quality of visual technologies is revolutionizing social science, including Anthropology. But while most anthropologists conducting fieldwork use some form of visual technology in their practice, few do it in a disciplined and systematic way. This seminar will focus the theory and practice of a proposed  new subfield in Anthropology entitled Visual Psychological Anthropology, and will be centered around issues involved in the creation of a six part documentary series entitled “Afflictions: Culture.”


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Join us in Celebration of National Anthropology Day

Date posted: January 6th, 2017

February 16, 2017

12:00 – 2:00PM

The Department of Anthropology invites you to stop by their table in Tinkham Veale Center Smith Commons on February 16, 2017 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. Learn about the exciting opportunities open to anthropologists and enjoy a piece of cake in celebration of National Anthropology Day!

Celebrate National Anthropology Day!

“Material Life Circumstances and Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Cross-National Comparisons of 16 Countries”

Date posted: January 1st, 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar, Daphna Gross-Manos, PhD, will discuss the relationship between material situation and happiness among children using the findings of the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being. While household income is almost exclusively used as a proxy for a child’s material situation, Gross-Manos will review two alternative measures for children’s material situation and subjective well-being across 16 countries. …Read more.

The Anthropologist – Fall 2016 Issue Released

Date posted: December 16th, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of The Anthropologist just released. Take time to catch up on faculty research, grants awarded within the department, noteworthy achievements from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and alumni, and other news from the Department of Anthropology.

Janet McGrath received the AARG 2016 Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award

Date posted: December 1st, 2016

At this years Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Janet McGrath received the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG) 2016 Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award. It was awarded to Dr. McGrath for her more than 25 years of outstanding interdisciplinary anthropological scholarship in the service of the prevention of HIV/AIDS and exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of people infected with or at risk of infection with HIV. The AARG is a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, which is a section within the American Anthropological Association whose mission is to support anthropological research in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Lambda Alpha Membership Applications Being Accepted Now

Date posted: November 21st, 2016

If you are interested in joining Lambda Alpha, the international honors society for anthropology students, and meet the requirements linked here, please bring your initiation fee and file an application in the main office of the Anthropology Department located in Mather Memorial 238. New members can only be nominated to the national office once a year so this is the opportunity for this year.

Annual Kassen Lecture featuring Dr. Claire Wendland

Date posted: September 26th, 2016

Each year the Department of Anthropology presents the Kassen Lecture, featuring a top female scholar in the social sciences to present a lecture to the department and to the campus community. The Kassen Lecture for 2016 will feature Dr. Claire Wendland, Professor, Departments of Anthropology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk title is “Dangerous Care: Reproductive Violence, Fast and Slow.” October 13, 2016 from 4:15 to 5:30. Generously supported by an annuity from the late Drs. Aileen and Julian Kassen.

CWRU Anthropology and Engineering Students Collaborate on Global Health Issues in Uganda

Date posted: March 24th, 2016

As featured in The Daily, 10 Case Western Reserve University anthropology and engineering students traveled to Uganda to work alongside 11 biomedical engineering students from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The students are participating in a course titled “Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems,” a collaboration between biomedical engineering and medicine professor, Andrew Rollins, and anthropology professor, Janet McGrath.

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