About the talk:
Anthropology has dealt with the prehistoric and historical past in ways that differ from other disciplines who mine those fields. We have used many approaches from digging in the earth, digging in archives, digging into social relationships, and digging through the fragments of literate and oral discarded scraps to find deep meaning of events and structures of society. This talk will draw from Gretchen Schafft’s use of subaltern approaches to unusual historical visages and her experience in “hearing,” with an inner ear, stories told of discrediting events, particularly in regard to her studies of concentration camp history.
About the speaker:
Gretchen Schafft, a Public Anthropologist in Residence at American University, was a founder of WAPA along with Conrad Reining and Joan Volpe. Her PhD in anthropology was granted by Catholic University and her post-doctoral Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins. She has written four books concerning this work, two of which are also published in Poland and Germany. She was a pioneer in contracting research in the United States in areas of equity and civil rights. Currently, she is doing research among the Amish in Pennsylvania.
ASL interpretation: Contact Erik Kjeldgaard at least 48 hours prior to the event if you require ASL interpretation or other accommodation for this event.
Before the meeting: Join the speakers for dinner or snacks from 5:30 - 6:45 pm at the Edgar Bar and Kitchen, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (3 minute walk to Sumner School).
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