NIU celebrates World Anthropology Day Thursday, Feb. 20

Think you know what anthropology is? Make plans to join NIU’s Department of Anthropology to celebrate World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 20.

“Anthropologists examine human culture, language, anatomy and evolution in the past and present,” explained Leila Porter, department chair. “The four subfields (archaeology, cultural, physical/biological and linguistic anthropology) accommodate diverse student interests and complement many other disciplines. Anthropologists are everywhere, in every corner of the globe and have many different types of careers in areas such as industry, medicine, museums and teaching.”

NIU’s activities tie into an international celebration of the field, she added.

Exploring Anthropology Presentation, Stevens Building 170A, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn about each of the four subfields of Anthropology and career options for anthropologists. 

A 45-minute panel presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Our panelists include Kendall Thu, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology), Giovanni Bennardo, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology), Rachelle Wilson-Loring, Ph.D. (alumna and Curator of Pick Museum of Anthropology), Tim Bransford, Ph.D. (post-doctoral fellow, NIU) and Anna Pivoras (alumna and director of Boone County Museum of History).

Anthropology Open House, Stevens Building and Pick Museum of Anthropology, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Come explore our laboratories, classrooms and museum.

Tours and activities available in the Human Skeletal collection, Human Evolution collection, Zooarchaeology laboratory, Archaeology teaching collection, Primate Nutrition Laboratory, Linguistics and Cognitive Anthropology Laboratory, and Pick Museum of Anthropology gallery and storage areas.

For more information about the activities, contact the Department of Anthropology at 815-753-0246

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