Department of Anthropology

FEATURED: Paul W. Friedrich Memorial Service

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Emeritus Professor Paul Friedrich on August 11, 2016. As a poet, anthropologist, and linguist, he left a wide range of exceptional publications on language. His memorial service on campus will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Bond Chapel.


The Spektyr Quartet

James M. Redfield
Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

Colleagues, Friends and Family Encomiumia

University Convocation

The 527th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:15 a.m., and will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on the University’s Main Quadrangle. This is a university-wide ceremony and all candidates participate in this ceremony, during which the President will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.  Tickets are not required for this ceremony.

FEATURED: Open House | Explore 125 Years of Big Ideas in the Social Sciences (Alumni Weekend Event)

Join us for a Social Sciences-focused Alumni Weekend Event!

For over a century, the University’s social scientists have made groundbreaking advancements in their fields and shaped their disciplines. During this open house, view our timeline exhibit to learn more about this rich intellectual history and evolution. Light refreshments provided!

Transformative Architectures: An archaeology of building practices in the Atacama Desert

My dissertation examines the process of village formation through an archaeological investigation of building practices in the hyper-arid core of the Atacama Desert (northern Chile). Centering on the construction of architectural spaces, my research tracks long-term networks of human and technological entanglements to provide insights into everyday lives, ordinary practices, and the material histories of pre-Hispanic communities living in this arid region between 800 BCE and 500 AD--what is known regionally as the Formative Period.

Adaptation to starchy diet, high altitudes helped ancient settlers survive

A multi-center study of the genetic remains of people who settled thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains of South America reveals a complex picture of human adaptation—from early settlement to the devastating exposure to European disease in the 16th century. Professor Anna Di Rienzo was part of a research team that used newly available samples of DNA from seven whole genomes to study how ancient Andean people—including groups that clustered around Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia, 12,000...

Cultural exchange allows for study of migration issues in France, United States

Audrey Celestine, a graduate student at the University of Paris, had a virtual presence in Hyde Park recently thanks to a bilingual videoconference that brought together students in Paris and students in Chicago. The students were participating in a monthly videoconference workshop as part of a three-year project that the Partner University Fund and the French American Cultural Exchange are funding. Speaking from the University of Chicago’s Center in Paris via videoconference, Celestine quizzed...