Sidney Mintz Chosen to Deliver Huxley Lecture in London By Emil Venere Department of Anthropology professor Sidney Mintz will join the ranks of some of the world's leading anthropologists on Wednesday when he addresses the fellows of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, in London. The lecture, "Enduring Substances, Trying Theories," will be the highlight of his election as the 1994 Thomas Henry Huxley Lecturer and Medallist, the institute's highest honor. Dr. Mintz is one of only a handful of Americans to be chosen for this award, which has been made annually since 1900. In its history, only six American cultural anthropologists have been selected to deliver the lecture. It has been even more rare for any of the honorees to focus their research on the Caribbean. The Caribbean has traditionally received relatively little attention in anthropology in part, Dr. Mintz said, because it is not easily classified in a typical anthropological category, such as a primitive or Western culture. Also, historically, cultural anthropologists have tended to study people of Africa and the Pacific Islands as well as Native American societies. Dr. Mintz, who was a co-founder of the Hopkins department in 1974, began his first Caribbean fieldwork in Puerto Rico in 1948, and later worked in Jamaica, Haiti and elsewhere in the region. He is perhaps best known for his writings on the relation of sugar production to power and politics in Caribbean countries, as described in his 1985 book Sweetness and Power: The Political, Social and Economic Effects of Sugar on the Modern World.
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