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Vinson Sutlive Book Prize and Lecture

Each year the department awards the Sutlive Book Prize to the best book published in the prior year, in any discipline, that makes use of anthropological perspectives in order to examine historical contexts and/or the role of the past in the present. The author is then invited to campus to present the Sutlive Lecture.

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce Lori Allen as the winner of the 2023 Vinson Sutlive Prize for her book A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine We are also pleased to announce Aaron Glass as the honorable mention for his book Writing the Hamat'sa: Ethnography, Colonialism, and the Cannibal DanceThis year, the jury sought nominations of authors who share the Department of Anthropology’s commitment to struggle with and overcome the white supremacist and colonialist foundations of our discipline and to understand the historical legacies of racism and inequity. We look forward to hosting Dr. Allen for a lecture in the fall. Dr. Allen will serve as a juror for the upcoming Sutlive prize. 

Previous honorees include:

Dr. Sutlive and Karen Braun, at the inaugural lecture.These annual events honor Dr. Vinson Sutlive, Professor Emeritus, who taught for thirty years in the Department of Anthropology. When he first arrived he was one of a group of scholars who gave form and substance to the then fledgling program. Over the years he served several times as Department Chair. He taught and mentored many students, such as Karen Prentiss Braun, ‘87, whose generous donation in honor of Dr. Sutlive helped to initiate the events honoring him. Sutlive was also a founder and long-time editor of the journal Studies in Third World Societies, one of the first scholarly vehicles dedicated specifically to the study of non-Western culture and society. He is also known for his work on a comprehensive Dictionary of Iban (a Sumatran language).