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Scholars Guest Night: Lecture by Dr. Andrew Evans

  • Time:

    7:00 p.m.
  • Date:

    Thursday, March 1, 2012
  • Location:

    Arts Center Studio Theatre A-14

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 Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Evans, SUNY New Paltz
Lecture: Anthropology at War: Researching Racial Studies of POWs During World War I
Date & Location: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:00pm, Arts Center A-14

In this talk, Dr. Evans will trace the process of researching and writing his book, Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in Germany (Chicago, 2010). A series of chance discoveries and accidents in libraries and archives revealed that German anthropologists visited prisoner-of-war camps during World War I to study and measure the physical makeup of enemy soldiers. Over the course of several years, they investigated not only colonial troops serving in the armies of the British and the French, but also soldiers from Russia and Western Europe. To these scientists, the POW camps that dotted the German landscape were laboratories for the study of race. Caught up in wartime nationalism, a new generation of anthropologists portrayed Germany’s political enemies as racially different, therefore paving the way for the virulent “race science” that dominated the discipline under National Socialism.

Dr. Andrew Evans is an associate professor of history at SUNY New Paltz, where he teaches courses in modern Germany, World War II, and 20th-century Europe. He received his bachelor's in history from the University of Virginia and his master's and Ph.D in modern European history from Indiana University. He is the author of the book, Anthropology at War: World War I and the Science of Race in Germany (Chicago, 2010).

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Sponsored By:
Honors Program,The Academic Lecture Committee, The Department of History & Political Science, The Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and The Religious Studies Department.
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