Documentary Film Screening: September 21, 2015

September 15th, 2015

Please join the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life along with Anthropology, and Latin American and Latino Studies on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex room 209 (across from the Heller School, Brandeis University) for a documentary film screening of Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.



The story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito—a tiny grain of sand—that helped tip the scales of justice in Guatemala.



Charles Golden (ANTH, LALS) and Kelley Ready (Heller) will provide commentary.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

This film screening is part of a series of programs designed to complement the 2015 incoming students’ book, “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ondaatje.  

For more information, please email

Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) receives the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography

April 22nd, 2015

Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) has just received the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography for his The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and The Rise of Fascism in Europe. Judges cited the book as “an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.”

Currently a professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University, Kertzer was appointed Provost in 2006, serving in that role until 2011. Kertzer founded and directed the Anthropological Demography program. He was also founding director of the Politics, Culture, and Identity research program of the Watson Institute for International Studies. A Brown alumnus (A.B., 1969), Kertzer received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1974.

In an introduction written especially for the Brandeis Magazine (Winter 2014), David Kertzer describes how he came to his galvanizing topic:

Researcher Calls “Successful Aging” Form of Ageism

January 12th, 2015

Following her presentation at the Gerontological Society of America in November, Professor Sarah Lamb’s story was featured in New American Media.

Discussing America’s obsessions with staying forever young, Professor Lamb explains that, “so-called successful aging articles and books tell readers how to “direct” their own aging, and paint disability as “bleak,” and dependence on others as “demeaning.” But much of the aging process is beyond our control, which Americans are loath to acknowledge – a symptom, Lamb said, of ageism.”

For the original story with audio, check out the KNBA website

To read the article in New American Media, click here.

Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar

September 10th, 2014

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Anthropology Department Hosts Research Seminar Series

August 25th, 2014

This fall, we are excited to inaugurate the Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS). This year-long seminar will meet most Friday afternoons at 3 pm, and will include our anthropology colloquia presented by invited guests as well as presentations by Brandeis anthropology faculty and graduate students. Moises Lino e Silva, curator of the Anthropology Research Seminar for the coming year, describes the seminar as “a venue for rigorous and creative intellectual engagement with current anthropological research.” Often we will close the Friday afternoon seminar with an opportunity for socializing with the invited speaker and each other, sometimes off campus at a nearby pub or other gathering place. 

Professor Janet McIntosh will give the first talk at 3:00 p.m. on September 12th, 2014.

Professor McIntosh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, language ideology, narrative and discourse, personhood, essentialism, religion, ritual, Islam, ethnic identity, colonialism and postcoloniality, and East Africa. After earning a BA at Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a second BA at Oxford University (first class honors), she undertook graduate training at the University of Michigan, earning her Ph.D in 2002 and winning a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. McIntosh has published in such journals as American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Africa, Journal of Religion in Africa, and Language and Communication. Her book “The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood, and Ethnoreligious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast” (Duke University Press, 2009) won the 2010 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is currently in the late stages of a project on the narrated dilemmas of former colonial settlers and their descendants in Kenya. 

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