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Obeyesekere to receive Huxley Memorial Medal

Gananath Obeyesekere , professor of anthropology emeritus, has been selected to receive the Huxley Memorial Medal for 2003.

The medal, the highest honor presented by the Royal Anthropological Institute, is awarded annually to a scientist, British or foreign, distinguished in any field of anthropology in the widest sense.

Obeyesekere joined the Princeton faculty in 1980 and served as chair of the anthropology department from 1983-88. He has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and India, and is interested in psychoanalysis and anthropology and the ways in which personal symbolism is related to religious experience.

As part of the award, Obeyesekere has been invited to present a lecture on July 15 at the University of Manchester during the Decennial Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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