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Anthropologist Mary Douglas to speak, Dec. 7

Eminent anthropologist Mary Douglas will speak on "Numbering the People of Israel: Biblical and Secular Agendas" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Douglas, a noted interpreter of the Bible and the author of numerous works on human culture, will present the 28th Carolyn L. Drucker '80 Memorial Lecture.

Douglas received her doctorate from Oxford University and performed her early fieldwork in the Belgian Congo. Her academic career has included appointments in Great Britain at Oxford University and the University of London, and in the United States at Northwestern University and Princeton. She remains an active researcher as a professor emerita at University College London.

Her books range from "The Lele of the Kasai" (1963) and "Purity and Danger" (1966) to "Missing Persons" (1998 with Stephen Ney) and "Leviticus as Literature" (1999).

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Program in Judaic Studies, Perelman Institute, Department of Anthropology, Center for the Study of Religion, Council of the Humanities and Department of Religion.

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