On May 10, Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation and President Susan Hunter from the University of Maine signed a historical Memorandum of Understanding about the future of Penobscot cultural heritage. The MOU includes clear processes for how future research will be conducted with or on Penobscot tribal territories; for the publication of Penobscot heritage and for the inclusion and correction of incomplete or missing information regarding Penobscot collections at the University. Associate Professor Jane Anderson was involved in writing and negotiating this MOU on behalf of the Penobscot Nation.
The Spanish translation of Arlene Dávila’s new monograph El Mall has been released. Please join Arlene and colleagues for a release party at McNally Jackson bookstore on April 27th. Please see here for complete information.
In Fall of 2017, after a decade as founding and ongoing director of the university-wide NYU Council for the Study of Disability, anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg (and co-director Mara Mills (Associate Professor, Media, Culture & Communication) received Provostial Funding to launch the new Center for Disability Studies (CDS). We are really excited to have not only a strong inter-disciplinary and cutting-edge initiative, but also to bring this important field into the center of anthropological study, as Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp argued in a groundbreaking article in 2013. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-anthro-092412-155502
The Center for Disability Studies is discussed below in this short piece. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/news/2017/9/22/NYUs_Incubator_for_Disability_Research_and_Activism
Congratulations to Sonia Das, whose monograph Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford University Press 2016) was awared the Edward Sapir Book Prize Honorable Mention at this year’s American Anthropological Association conference. For more information about Sonia’s research, please check out her faculty profile.
Without congressional action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire on March 5, 2018. We do not know what the results of congressional debate will be for DACA or how these will influence other immigration issues and statuses. The Anthropology Department’s goal is to support you during this uncertain time. NYU will continue to support undocumented students, staff and faculty. If you are or someone close to you is undocumented or have DACA or temporary protected status, please know that there are many things you can do before March. The following link provides practical steps you can take as well as connections to NYU immigrant defense initiative which can help with legal advice and referrals (http://as.nyu.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/resources/daca-students.html). NYU provides additional information and resources for students here. We want to remind you during these disconcerting times that you are a valued member of our community.
Congratulations to Ph.D candidate Alex DeCasien! Her 2nd year qualification paper was recently published, with Professors James Higham and Scott Williams as co-authors. The paper’s research found that “those [non human primates] who munched on fruit instead of leaves had 25 percent more brain tissue, even when controlling for body size and species relatedness” (NPR).