Anthropologist to give Last Lecture

lpemberton@theolympian.comFebruary 4, 2014 

Sociology and cultural anthropology professor David Price will present “Resisting Complacency: Luck, Choices and the Fates” at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Trautman Union Building at Saint Martin’s University, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

“Everyone has choices, even though some of us have different opportunities than others,” he said. “There is this idea that we can make a difference, but there is also enormous social pressure to not make a difference, to just go with conformity.”

The event, which will be followed by a reception, is part of Saint Martin’s Last Lecture series, which centers around the question: “If this was the last lecture you would ever give to students, what would you say?” It is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Price’s many years as a popular professor at Saint Martin’s University, his wide-ranging travels, his gripping research into books about the FBI infiltration of the civil rights movement, along with his unshakable academic standards, make him the natural choice of our students to give this year’s Last Lecture,” said Katya Shkurkin, faculty adviser to the Last Lecture student committee.

Price studied anthropology and intellectual history for a bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College. He has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida.

He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States, Palestine, Egypt and Yemen.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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