Harvard: The Cradle of American Anthropology

Public Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception

9/19 UPDATE: DUE TO POOR WEATHER IN CHICAGO, Peabody Museum Director Jeff Quilter and Gregory Allan Finnegan, former reference librarian at Tozzer Library and former managing editor of Anthropological Literature, who assisted Browman and Williams on the research, will be speaking, followed by the public reception.

6:00 PM Thursday, September 19, 2013 Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge). A book signing and reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue).

In this illustrated talk celebrating the publication of Anthropology at Harvard: A Biographical History, 1790-1940, Professor David L. Browman describes how Harvard launched America's first successful professional training for anthropologists. 

While anthropology at Harvard can be traced back to the founding of the republic, the first major flowering began in 1859, with the recruitment of Frederic Putnam and a dozen other students who were interested in the natural history of humans. The story unfolds through fascinating vignettes about many individuals—both famous and obscure—who helped shape the discipline. The book is published by the Peabody Museum Press.

David L. Browman is Professor of Archaeology at Washington University, St. Louis and co-author with Stephen Williams of Anthropology at Harvard: A Biographical History, 1790-1940.


Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University





Directions and parking Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage starting at 5:00 pm.

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