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Feb. 18: World Anthropology Day

Day's events at Minnesota State Mankato to include open house and featured speaker.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The Department of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato will celebrate the American Anthropological Association’s “World Anthropology Day” on Thursday, Feb. 18 with an open house from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and a 5 p.m. presentation from Fulbright scholar Rosemarie Mwaipopo (pictured) on “Women and Power in African Communities: The Case of Tanzania.”

The events are free and open to the public, with the 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. open house taking place in 359 Trafton Science Center North and Mwaipopo’s 5 p.m. presentation scheduled for rooms 253/254/255 of the Centennial Student Union.

The day’s events at Minnesota State Mankato are intended to celebrate anthropology and its four fields (archeological, biological, cultural, linguistics) while educating those who are unfamiliar with anthropology. It is a day for anthropologists to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them.

“This is an event not to miss,” said Kathryn “Jay” Elliott, an associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Anthropology. “It demonstrates the many ways that anthropologists in our University give back to and support our community.”

Mwaipopo, who holds a doctorate in social anthropology, has been working with the University of Dar es Salaam, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Tanzania) for 23 years. She teaches courses in human ecology; people; environment and development; gender and culture; social problems of urbanization; and social science research methodology. Her research and consultancies have been in the areas of gender and women’s issues in Tanzania; people and natural (renewable and non-renewable) resources; poverty and vulnerability.

Throughout the day, anthropologists will share their work around the world. Events and activities in Canada, Morocco, India, Egypt, Mexico, Tunisia and across the United States have been organized to build enthusiasm and awareness for current and future anthropologists.

“This is a great time for anthropology,” said Alisse Waterston, president of the American Anthropological Association. “Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.”

World Anthropology Day is an initiative by the American Anthropological Association. Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with more than 10,000 members, is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.

For more information on World Anthropology Day events at Minnesota State Mankato, please contact Cynthia Meyer, administrative assistant in the Department of Anthropology, by phone at 507-389-6318 or by email at

The Department of Anthropology is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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