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Department Speakers Series

Telling a Story in Five Past Tenses: Time and Tense in a Native American Language

Religious and Sacred Imperative in Human Conflict

The Historical Anthropology of Guerrilla Warfare

Digging Up the Dead: Human Skulls as Scientific Fact and Cultural Artifact

The Myth of Ownership: An Anthropologist Looks at the Corporate Share

From the Book of Job: Feeding the Lions andThe Conservation of Biological Diversityon a Changing Planet

The “Whirlwind Speech” from the Book of Job, a set of divine questions on the functioning of the planet and its natural systems, provides a starting point to discuss current global environmental issues. The first question from God to Job is, “Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding.’”[1] Having set a combative tone, God proceeds to interrogate Job as to what he knows of the planet’s creation, its environment, and its animals.

Dreamwork: Cell Phone Novelists, Labor, and Politics in Contemporary Japan

In 2007, the number of cell phone novels posted on the popular portal, maho no i-rando, reached one million—a figure that has puzzled observers worldwide. Critics claim that young women write these novels in transit and in transition; these women merely translate their feelings of boredom and lack of spirit into an escapist pastime.

Communitas and the Anthropology of Experience

Subaltern Intellectuals": A Useful (but Neglected) Category of Anthrohistorical Analysis

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Ritualism as Agency and Cultural Capital: The Role of Meetings in Political Protest in Rome and Bangkok


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