PULLMAN, Wash. — Margaret Conkey, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, has been named Washington State University’s third annual William D. Lipe Visiting Scholar in Archaeological Method and Theory.
Conkey will meet with WSU students and faculty and give a public talk at 4 p.m. March 1 in Todd Hall, Room 130.
“Professor Conkey is a leading figure in the anthropological and archaeological community,” said Mary Collins, associate director of WSU’s Anthropology Museum.
Conkey joined the Berkeley’s anthropology department in 1987. Since then, she has continued research and publication in several interrelated areas. “I have a continued interest in understanding the issues of gender and feminist perspectives in archeology and in past human societies,” Conkey said.
Collins notes that Conkey is part of a major multidisciplinary research project dedicated to understanding the social geography and landscapes of Paleolithic art, the integration of pedagogy, teaching archeology through the development of internet resources and implementing archaeological outreach programs in local schools.
The William D. Lipe Visiting Scholar in Archaeological Method and Theory Endowment was created in 2001. According to Collins, students, colleagues, friends and family of Bill Lipe wanted to honor his contributions to the field of archaeology and WSU. The Lipe Visiting Scholar is selected by a committee of anthropological faculty and graduate students.
“The program brings a leading scholar to Pullman each year to conduct a session of the archaeological method and theory seminar taught by professor emeritus Lipe for more than 25 years,” Collins said. The scholar also gives a public lecture and spends a significant amount of time meeting in small groups with anthropology graduate students and faculty.
The William D. Lipe Visiting Scholar series is sponsored by the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, the Department of Anthropology and the WSU Museum of Anthropology.