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Department Events

The Department of Anthropology hosts visiting lecturer events, our annual AnthroTalks networking gathering for students, an annual symposium and informal events throughout the year. Please note that these events are only open to GW Anthropology students, faculty, and staff unless otherwise stated. 

Event Name Time (EST)
GW Anthropology Reading Group October 10th, 2022 from 11:00AM- 12:30PM
GW Anthropology's 16th Annual Pumpkinfest October 20th, 2022 from 3:00PM- 5:30PM
GW Anthropology Colloquium October 31st, 2022 from 11:00AM- 12:30PM
Professionalization Seminar November 7th, 2022 from 11:00AM- 12:30PM
GW Anthropology Reading Group November 28th, 2022 from 11:00AM- 12:30PM
GW Anthropology Colloquium December 5th, 2022 from 11AM- 12:30PM
GW Anthropology Graduation Celebration Saturday during Commencement Weekend 2023

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Anthropological Quarterly Journal


Published by the GW Department of Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly is among the most highly respected anthropology publications in the United States. The refereed journal publishes scholarly articles, reviews and lists of recently published books in all areas of sociocultural anthropology. 

The quarterly was founded in 1921 by the Catholic University of America with the title Primitive Man and acquired by the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research in September 2001. The journal is co-edited by faculty members and occasionally publishes graduate student work alongside articles from external experts.

Editor-in-Chief: Richard Grinker

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Anthropology News

Two Milne-Edwards's sifaka lemurs, sporting the classic black and white pigmentation pattern

Hair-Raiser: Primate Fur Teases Human Evolution

Researchers from the Department of Anthropology Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) examined the factors driving hair variation in a wild population of lemurs known as Indriidae. Their findings were published in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology.
Courtney Sexton smiling with her large black and white hound on her lap

Jurassic Bark: Do Dogs Hold Hints to Early Language?

Courtney Sexton, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP), is studying our four-legged friends to determine if puppy dog eyes and raised brows reflect a ‘ruff’ draft of human communication. 

Person typing on phone

Smartphone Society: Have Our Phones Changed Ourselves?

A panel of GW and Smithsonian anthropologists debated the cultural and ecological impact of smartphones on our daily lives as part of the CCAS Dean’s Seminar event series.
Hundreds of thousands of white flags surround the Washington Monument

In Photos: COVID-19 Deaths Captured in Visual Installation

CCAS Professor Sarah Wagner leads the effort to digitize personalized flags memorializing those who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.