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University of the Rockies Faculty Member Presents at International Conference of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
Dr. Ethel Vesper invited to present paper on the survival of cultural traditions in Micronesia

University of the Rockies faculty member Dr. Ethel Vesper was invited to present a paper to the Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development panel at the joint meeting of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA). Dr. Vesper’s presentation took place on May 16, 2014, in Chiba City, Japan.

Dr. Vesper’s paper, “The Survival of Cultural Traditions in Micronesia,” focused on land management on Guam and Bikini Atoll and explored the question of who is responsible for saving the cultural traditions of these island cultures. “My paper questioned the roles professionals in the fields of government, cultural anthropology, and sociology play in preserving the cultural traditions of indigenous cultures,” said Dr. Vesper. She has served for two years as a member of the Commission on Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development which seeks to resolve urgent problems that impact future generations.


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About the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES is one of the oldest international meetings in the world comprising scientists and institutions working in the fields of anthropology and ethnology. Members aim to enhance exchange and communication among scholars from all regions of the world, in a collective effort to expand human knowledge which contributes to a better understanding of human society and to encourage a sustainable future based on harmony between nature and culture. IUAES emerged in 1948 from the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES), which was founded in 1934.