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06-15-1998

Clarkson's Bradburd Awarded Grant To Attend Neh Summer Institute

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Clarkson University Professor of Anthropology Daniel A. Bradburd of Potsdam has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in this year's Summer Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Environmental History and World History, 1500-2000 is the subject of the month-long workshop, which will take place from June 22 to July 24. Only 25 scholars and professors will attend.

According to Bradburd, the Summer Institute will explore the expansion of the capitalist economy of the West and its impact on the transformation of the world environment over the last 500 years.

The reason I am participating, Bradburd said, "is that the first Summer Institute I attended (1995), was an excellent opportunity– particularly for someone coming from a place like Clarkson –to get together with people whose interests more closely mesh with my own and be able to find out what other people are doing on these kinds of topics."

More specifically, this year's program will assist Bradburd in the class he teaches called Environment, Technology and Society, which is offered every 18 months, and attracts anywhere from 75 to 100 students. He said that he will get the chance to compare notes with other professors who teach similar classes and "find out what they're using, what they've been doing that has worked, and to seek out particularly engaging, more interesting kinds of material that I think will work very well in the classroom."

A graduate of Columbia University with a doctorate from City University of New York, Bradburd was an assistant professor of anthropology at Virginia Tech from 1978-84. He served in the same capacity at Clarkson beginning in 1984, becoming an associate professor in 1989, and a full professor in 1997. His field work includes two-years (1973-75) with the Komachi nomads in the Kerman Province of Iran, which served as the basis for his two books, 1990's Ambiguous Relations, Kin Classes and Conflict Among Komachi Pastoralists, and 1998's Being There: The Necessity of Fieldwork, both published by Smithsonian Institute Press.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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