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2017-2018 Academic Year

Humanity's Last Stand? Why the World Needs an Anthropological Imagination Now More Than Ever

Presented by: Mark Schuller, Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership and Development, Northern Illinois University

There has never been a more important time for an anthropological imagination. I argue for the importance of an activist-oriented understanding that moves back and forth between local and global, lived experience to species-level, as we as humanity confront ever-increasing and complex world issues: climate change, racism and white supremacy, migration and xenophobia, and state violence. An anthropological imagination offers ‘radical empathy’ and also understanding how local struggles, e.g., Black Lives Matter, Syrian refugee crisis, DREAM Act, combatting the rise of the right in Europe, are interconnected.

Date: Tuesday, October 17th
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Honors Center (College Hall)