NSS Lecture Series: “Doing Anthropology in D.C.”




Natural Sciences Building, Lecture Hall, Room 1001

Janette Yarwood, PhD (’96, Anthropology)
Staff Director, House Subcommittee on
Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations
U.S. House of Representatives

In November 2019, Members of Congress traveled to the U.S. / Mexico border at San Ysidro to hear from asylum seekers. Following the visit, a congressional subcommittee held a field hearing not far from the border. What was this designed to do? There is currently a low-level conflict happening in the Anglophone region of the Central African country of Cameroon. People in the country are suffering serious human rights abuses. Can the United States impact events in the country? In November 2017, CNN broke a story about modern-day slavery in Libya that went viral. In the report, a grainy video showed men and women being beaten and sold for just a few hundred dollars. What is being done to stop this human rights tragedy? Cultural Anthropologist and SUNY Purchase Alumna, Dr. Janette Yarwood presents an ethnography of her everyday work in Washington, DC. Dr. Yarwood’s presentation is based on her ongoing book project.


The NSS lecture series is made possible by a generous contribution from Con Edison.