Since 1877, the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) has served as a meeting place for scholars from across the four fields in the Greater New York area. We strive to be a progressive voice within the anthropological community and to contribute innovative perspectives on the human condition nationally and internationally.
The Academy has a long history of serving as a forum for public discussion and debate about what it means to be human. Today, with funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and sponsorship from Berghahn Books, the Anthropology Section hosts free monthly programming that engages scholars, students, and a broader public in the exploration of a topical theme. A volunteer advisory board of New York area anthropologists plans each year’s events: lecture series, workshops and conferences. These events focus on contemporary issues and debates about humans and the societies in which they live.