Spring 2015 Brown Bag: Franz Boas, a Life in Science and Politics

Monday, February 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
79 Fifth Avenue, Room 1618

Open to faculty and staff; No RSVP required; seating is first come, first served

Professor Alan McGowan, Chair of Environmental Studies Program and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Science will present Spring 2015 semester’s Brown Bag talk, “Franz Boas, a Life in Science and Politics” to faculty and staff at The New School.

Franz Boas, the German émigré who became known as the “father of American Anthropology,” broke new ground in a number of areas of anthropology. In addition, he became a significant public intellectual, speaking out in areas where he felt his science spoke to social and political issues. An interesting question to be explored in this talk is the relationship(s) between his science and his liberal politics, which were informed by his adherence to the goals of the socialist revolution of 1848.

This event is sponsored by the Bachelor’s Program for Adult and Transfer Students at The New School.