Gender and Cultural Studies Event: Adrianna Link, “Anthropology for a World in Crisis: Sol Tax and the Center for the Study of Man, 1966-1976”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 ( 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm )

Location: Peirce 218, Stevens Institute of Technology

"Anthropology for a World in Crisis: Sol Tax and the Center for the Study of Man, 1966-1976"
By Adrianna Link (Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University)

This lecture focuses on the urgent anthropological activities of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for the Study of Man. Founded in 1968 by Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and anthropologist Sol Tax, the Center was conceived as an interdisciplinary research program devoted to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the interaction of human beings with their social, cultural, and physical environments. Under Tax’s direction, the Center also became an international clearinghouse for urgent anthropological research, promoting the use of the human sciences for finding solutions to the crises of the modern age. By retracing Tax’s involvement with the Center for the Study of Man, it is evident that urgent anthropology encompasses far more than a concern over disappearing cultures, and in turn raises questions about the relationship of human beings with their environment, the function of museums for collaborative research, and the changing nature of postwar anthropology.

Adrianna Link is a graduate student in the Department of the History of Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 2009 with a double major in English and History. Her dissertation examines the development of postwar urgent anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, with a focus on its intersection with the global environmental movement of the 1960s and '70s. Her secondary interests include anthropological film, the history of world's fairs, and the visual-pedagogical culture of modern science, especially in museums.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gender and Cultural Studies Program at Stevens.