News & Events
New DNA analysis of ancient Pueblo remains suggests that the complex society that once existed at Chaco Canyon in the southwestern United States traced family relationships through the mother’s line, confirming long-held contentions of modern Pueblos that the matrilineal system is centuries-old.
May 20-22, 2016
The conference presents international research on the biological, epidemiological, and social contexts of the emergence of HIV/AIDS. Bringing together specialists from the fields of virology and molecular biology, epidemiology and public health, and history and anthropology, this conference provides the context for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary insights into one of the most devastating global infectious disease pandemics of the twentieth century.
August 11-14, 2015
An international conference to be held in Papua New Guinea to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Bronislaw Malinowski's first arrival in the Trobriand Islands.
New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than previously thought.
Programs and Events
October 2, 2014
The American Anthropological Association is hosting a virtual event panel discussing the role anthropologists play in not only research, but infrastructure and policy, in light of the escalating Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Elsa M. Redmond, a research associate in the Museum's Division of Anthropology, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Workshop, October 2 - 4, 2013
Co-convened by the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Australia. This workshop explores how museums can engage communities in ways that foster understanding and help with adapting to processes of climate change.
April 4 - August 3, 2013
Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935, the exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery explores the complex social life of the extraordinary enterprise through the working relations among participants of every kind, whose encounters shaped the collections that were to enter the museum. The exhibition includes a fascinating selection of the objects the expedition collected, documentation, photographs, and film footage drawn from various departments of the AMNH.
Programs and Events
May 9, 2012
The American Museum of History, Division of Anthropology welcomed a delegation of master craftsmen and native experts from the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. The group had come to New York to attend and perform during the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. At the museum, the group examined objects collected by Waldemar Jochelson during the American Museum of Natural History’s Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902).
December 22, 2011
Book by Dr. Stanley Freed, Curator Emeritus of North American Ethnology. A meticulously researched two-volume history, 1869-1969, based on primary documents and illustrated with halftones and color photographs. Dr. Freed introduces the vivid personalities who developed anthropology and the major early museums. With over 50 years experience that included personal relationships with some of these men and women, Freed offers fresh insights, an "inside-the-museum" point of view.