Marshall Sahlins: Anthropology

Chicago Humanities Festival

Published on Nov 17, 2014

Marshall Sahlins embodies the modern history of anthropology. From early work on “stone age economics” to a brilliant theory on who killed Captain Cook to a recent, revolutionary approach to kinship, he has repeatedly reset the agenda for the discipline. A one-time colleague of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sahlins looks back on decades of studies of Oceanic societies and shares insights into his unparalleled career. The University of Chicago scholar, rabble-rouser, campus activist, and inventor of the teach-in holds forth on his home turf. He will be joined in conversation by CHF’s Marilynn Thoma Endowed Chair for Artistic Leadership and UChicago anthropology PhD Matti Bunzl.

This program was recorded on October 26, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys:

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