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Anthropology is the study of the human species.

It advances our collective understanding of who we are, where we came from, how we differ from one another, and what those differences mean.

Anthropology supports free inquiry about the human condition with scholarly rigor and sensitivity, and the dissemination and application of the resulting knowledge to local, national, and global communities. In the words of one of its founders, E. B. Tylor of Oxford University, anthropology is "a reformer's science."

The science of anthropology is rooted in core values of mutual respect, equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. As another of its early practitioners, Ruth Benedict of Columbia University, wrote, "The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference." Read more >>

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The Danger of STEM Education Untempered by the Humanities

   February 25, 2023

UNC Charlotte's Niner Times contributor E. Alexander Zimmerman writes in a recent column about the dangerous devaluation of the humanities in the contemporary university. He quotes anthropologist Dr. Jonathan Marks's...

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Anthropology MA Graduate Produces New Feature Film

   February 5, 2023

Philip Blattenberger (MA 2016) has just released his second feature film, Condor's Nest (...

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Anthropology Graduate Student Explores the Local Heritage of Black Education

   December 9, 2022

Camille Richardson (Anthropology M.A. student) is recovering evidence about the daily lives of students in one of the few remaining Rosenwald School sites in North Carolina. She is leading...

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