Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The anthropology of human skin

Claudia Dreyfus interviews Nina Jablonski at the New York Times. It seems a silly thing to say, but she sounds very nice as well as interesting, the personality's coming across very appealingly here...


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  2. Dear Jenny,

    Would you happen to know of any good books on the history of torture? I'd like a recommendation if you do.

  3. Physicians for Human Rights is an excellent NGO with a long history of documenting torture. they have a library online. you will likely find a wealth of info and references in their reports.


  4. Well.. see... I honestly don't care about the human rights aspects of torture. There are tons of books on that. I just want to know, starting from the dawn of mankind, how people tortured each other - with what instruments, etc. I don't mean to be callous but I don't want to read a moralizing account. It kinda spoils the gruesome fun of it.

    But thanks. I appreciate the pointer.

  5. Dr. Jablonski is totally amazing and awesome! She came to give the keynote address at our graduate student research symposium last year and participated in a panel discussion on race in academia. She's done EVERYTHING: dug up fossil baboons in Kenya, worked on ancient Chinese fauna, studied the biomechancis of bipedalism, plus her really neat stuff with skin color. I think she had the best job in the world, too, currator at the California Academy of Sciences. A post which is now open (a few years too early for me, darn it!) because she's going to chair the anthro department at Penn State (probably because Alan Walker is retiring—have you read any of his books? Also totally amazing!).

    Anyway, all of that to say that yes, she's super cool and a very very nice person! I can see that you two would get along very well! The physical anthropology meetings are in Philadelphia at the end of March, want to come meet people and hear lots of talks about monkeys? :)