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Prof. Simko’s new book to be honored at the ASA

Prof. Simko‘s new book,The Politics of Consolation: Memory and the Meaning of September 11 (Oxford University Press, 2015), received Honorable Mention for the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, awarded annually by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. Prof. Simko will receive the award at the ASA’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA this August.

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And the Orton and Friedrichs Prizes go to….

In 2016, the Orton Prize for excellence in Anthropology was awarded to Isabel Hanson, who will be spending the summer in the Berkshires, doing ethnographic research on the community health worker programs in North Adams, under the auspices of the Center for Learning in Action. The Friedrichs Award for excellence in Sociology went to Peter Cihon. Peter

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Congratulations to ANSO class of 2016!

All the best wishes to the graduates in Anthropology and Sociology this year! We miss you already!   Anthropology Nicolette Caravelli Hadley DesMeules Isabel Hanson   Sociology Peter Cihon Kevin Eagan Aubrey Kenefick Chaewon Kim Susmita Paul Daniel Seidita Elena Zifkin

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Cards Against Anthropology&Sociology

On April 19, 2016, ANSO faculty and majors got together to play Cards Against Humanity with an ANSO twist. The game, brought to us by the Senior Elders Peter Cihon, Isabel Hanson and Susmita Paul, was a huge success and a great way to welcome 18 (!) new majors! Click here for some additional photos from

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Meet Joel Lee

Meet Joel Lee, the new Assistant Professor of Anthropology in conversation with Susie Paul ’16: What courses are you teaching at Williams this semester? Anthro 101 and a seminar on Islam and Anthropology.  The line-up next year, in addition to 101 (which we’ve recently renamed “How to be Human”), is Language and Power (an introduction

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ANSO Snacks!

Join the ANSO students for the last snacks before the break! This one features Anthropology. See you on Thursday March 17 at 9pm in Mabie Room!  

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Prof. David Bond speaks in ANTH 332 and SOC 211

On March 15, 2016, Cultural Anthropologist David Bond spoke at a joint session of Environmental Justice (ANTH 332, taught by prof. Vena) and Race and the Environment (SOC 211, taught by prof. Manigault-Bryant). Bond is faculty and senior associate in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College. In preparation for class, students

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Talk by Elijah Anderson

Join us for a talk by Elijah Anderson, a renowned Yale sociologist who will be speaking on Black Space, White Space and the Persistence of Racial Segregation on Thursday March 3 at 7pm in Griffin 6. Students interested in joining prof. Anderson for ANSO-hosted lunch on Friday March 4 should contact prof. Foias to reserve a

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Panel Discussion and Screening of Chi-Raq

Join Natalie Vena and colleagues at Images Cinema for a discussion and screening of Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq on March 5, 2016. Free with Williams Student ID!

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ANSO Snacks is back!

Join the ANSO students for a study break on Wednesday, February 10th, 2015 in Sawyer’s Mabie Room. It’s the first Snacks of the semester! Featuring homemade cheesy garlic bread and chocolate chip cookies, as well as the typical fare of vegetables, chips, and dips.  

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