UT to host Central States Anthropological Society conference

March 20, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

Nearly 200 anthropologists are expected to attend the Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting this week hosted for the first time by The University of Toledo.

The conference will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, in the Park Inn Hotel in downtown Toledo. It will include a number of presentations by anthropologists, including five UT faculty members and eight UT students, who will talk about their research and the latest news of their field.

“The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce The University of Toledo and the city of Toledo to anthropologists from across the central states,” said Dr. Willie McKether, UT assistant professor of anthropology and local arrangements coordinator for the annual meeting. “Hosting the conference in Toledo gives our students the opportunity to attend so they can meet leaders in the discipline and discuss their own research with future colleagues.”

The annual meeting will begin with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. sponsored by the UT College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. The evening will include welcoming remarks from UT President Lloyd Jacobs, food, and entertainment, including an Irish dance troupe and The Murphys jazz band.

The conference will include a documentary film screening of “The Natural State of America,” “A Century of Fighting Racism” panel discussion, and a publisher’s exhibit, in addition to numerous research presentations.

Dr. Thomas D. Hall, professor emeritus of sociology at DePauw University, will give the distinguished lecture titled “Why Study Frontiers or Borders in an Age of Globalization?” Friday evening.

The Central States Anthropological Society, founded in 1921, is a section of the American Anthropological Association focused on promoting anthropology in the heartland and beyond.

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