DC event at GW on Ebola and anthropological insights

Anthropologists Offer Insights and Solutions to the Ebola Crisis

When: Friday, November 7, 2014; 3:00-5pm
Where: George Washington University, Media and Public Affairs Building, Room MPA B07, 805 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052*

Leading anthropologists will address the general public in an open forum discussing their insights and recommendations on how to solve the Ebola crisis.

These comments follow a two-day workshop of intensive sessions and represent the collaborative efforts of more than 25 of the world’s leading anthropologists who have worked in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Their distinctive knowledge of social and cultural institutions and dynamics in these nations and their diasporas provides critical context in reviewing current responses and providing actionable guidance to humanitarian responders working to stop Ebola.

During the open forum, practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and the public will be invited to pose questions to the assembled anthropological experts.

Conveners: the American Anthropological Association, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the World Council of Anthropological Associations, with additional support from the International Development Centre, and hosted by the George Washington University.


  • Dr. Edward Liebow, Executive Director, American Anthropological Association
  • Dr. Sharon Abramowitz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Center for African Studies, University Florida-Gainesville
  • Dr. Stephen C. Lubkemann, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Africana Studies, and International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Dr. Daniel J. Hoffman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington
Dr. Mary H. Moran, Professor of Anthropology and Africana and Latin American Studies, Colgate University
  • Dr. Susan Shepler, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University

*Parking/Metro: On-street parking only. Metro stop is the Foggy Bottom metro station served by the blue, orange and silver lines. From the top of the Foggy Bottom metro escalator, walk down I Street. Turn right on 21st Street. The George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building is on the corner of 21st and H Streets.

This event is co-sponsored by:
American Anthropological Association
International Development Research Centre
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
The George Washington University -IGIS
The George Washington University-ESIA Humanitarian Studies Program
The George Washington University-Institute for Ethnographic Research

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