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Feb. 16: 3rd Annual Worldwide Anthropology Day

Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the department office at 359 Trafton Science Building North.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Anthropology Announcement, 2-6-2017

This February, the Department of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato is celebrating Anthropology Day for the third year in a row.

The main festivities will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. There will be a trivia contest, raffles for prizes, snacks, a food drive to benefit ECHO Food Shelf, faculty-led department tours, and a selfie contest.

“The anthropology department looks forward to this every year,” said Kathleen Blue, department chair. “It demonstrates the commitment of MSU’s anthropologists to support our community materially, in addition to the knowledge and understanding we share about humanity.”

The food drive to benefit ECHO Food Shelf will be held from Feb. 13-17. A collection bin will be located outside the department office on the Minnesota State Mankato campus (359 Trafton Science Building North). Interested donors are encouraged to contact J. Heath Anderson (see contact information) for donation pick-up if they cannot make it to campus for the celebration.

The anthropology department is hoping to collect $150 in donations and 150 pounds of food in honor of Feb. 16, the date the Minnesota legislature passed the bonding bill to form Mankato Normal School.

Anthropology Day, celebrated on Feb. 16, 2017, is a day for anthropologists around the world to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them.

“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.”

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

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, contact J. Heath Anderson by email at or by phone at 507-389-1301.


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