September 24, 2001
Anthropologist Marshall Sahlins to speak at UCSC September 24
By Jennifer McNulty
The public is invited to attend a free lecture by renowned University of Chicago
anthropologist Marshall Sahlins, who will discuss "Culture and Agency in History"
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on September 24 at 7 p.m. The event
will take place in Oakes 105.
Sahlins is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology
Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including
Stone Age Economics, Culture and Practical Reason, Islands of History,
Uses and Abuses of Biology, How "Natives" Think: About Captain
Cook For Example, and, most recently, Culture in Practice: Selected Essays.
Sahlins has been described by Claude Levi-Strauss as "one of the most profound
and original anthropologists of our time." His work has been heralded as a bridge
linking American and European intellectual traditions, and he has been praised for
his multidisciplinary and integrative approach.
Sahlins's current focus is on the intersection of culture and history, especially
as they play out in early-modern Pacific societies. He has written about Hawaiian
history, war and cannibalism in 19-century Fiji, and many other topics.
The talk is being cosponsored by the UCSC Division of Social Sciences, the Departments
of Anthropology and Philosophy, the Institute for Humanities Research, the Center
for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, the Center for Cultural Studies, and the Center
for Global, International, and Regional Studies.