June 9, 2020

Following the outrage generated most recently by the needless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and informal discussions among faculty and students.  Anthropology departments nationwide and even more departments here at KU are issuing statements in support of these principles, I think it appropriate to be on the record as standing with victims of discrimination and racial violence. 

The KU Anthropology Department shares the following statement which unequivocally states our commitment to social justice, and elimination of racial bias in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and American society.

Thank you.


Dennis H. O'Rourke, PhD
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., 635 Fraser Hall
Lawrence,  KS   66045-7540
voice:    785.864.2642
fax:        785.864.5224
email:    orourke@ku.edu

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Congratulations to Daniel Sarvestani, a doctoral student in anthropology, on receiving a Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant Award from KU International Affairs.  Daniel will collect preliminary data to better explore how notions of cultural identity, belonging and indigeneity have developed in relation to Indigenous Peoples Rights Discourses among the Maya Chorti peoples of Honduras. Pre-Dissertation Travel Grants support six- to eight-week trips for preliminary dissertation field activities taking place in Latin America.

Upcoming Anthropology Conferences:

American Anthropological Association (AAA) 116th Annual Meeting - St. Louis, MO, November 18 - 22, 2020.

American Association of Physical Anthropologist 89th Annual Meeting - Los Angeles, CA, April 15 - 18, 2020.

Anthropological Plains Conference, 78th Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, November 4 -79, 2020.

Society for American Anthropology (SAA) 85th Annual Meeting - Austin, TX, April 22 - 26, 2020.

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) 80th Annual Meeting - Albuquerque, NM, March 17 - 21, 2020.


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