Congratulations Class of '22! Welcome, Class of '26! With summer upon us, the Department of Anthropology honors our recent graduates for their academic achievements, and extends a hearty welcome to freshman and transfer juniors who are joining us. With each yearly cycle we recharge our batteries with the energy that our students bring to our classrooms.
These are uncertain times, with war, a pandemic, economic turbulence and tectonic shifts in the legal landscape of the United States challenging our assumptions about ourselves and the societies we live in. As anthropologists we strive in our research and teaching to shed light on these political, economic and cultural changes, to understand what is happening today in the context of a very long human history, and to empower our students and fellow citizens to participate fully in shaping our collective future.
We have returned to the classroom, restarting the conversations and regaining the community that only happens when we come together in person. This summer many of our faculty and students are conducting field research that was made impossible by the coronavirus. With "safe distance" practices learned over the past few years, we are once again pursuing the cutting-edge research that makes our Department a special place to work and learn. We invite you to join us!