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The Hole: An Ethnographic Descent into Mexico City's Anexos

A lecture by Angela Garcia, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Wednesday, September 20
4:30 pm
Haldeman 041

In the past decade, informal addiction treatment centers called anexos (annexes) have proliferated throughout Mexico. Run and utilized by low-income communities, these centers utilize coercion, captivity and violence as a mode of recovery. Based on four years of ethnographic research focused on anexos in Mexico City, this talk examines anexos' social and therapeutic practices, demonstrating how they conjure up, amplify, and rework contemporary forms of affliction in Mexico City's peripheral neighborhoods. In doing so, it challenges the prevailing view of anexos as a purely punitive or criminal institution, and reveals them as a microcosm that makes visible the profoundly unequal world that Mexico is today.

* Sponsored by the Society of Fellows and the Anthropology Department

 

Confused Distinctions: The secret history of the pre-1960 Fields Medal

A talk by Michael Barany, Department of History and Junior Fellow with the Dartmouth Society of Fellows

Friday, September 22
3:30 pm
Kemeny 007

First presented in 1936, the Fields Medal quickly became one of mathematicians' most prestigious, famous, and in some cases notorious prizes. Because its deliberations are confidential, we know very little about the early Fields Medals: how winners were selected, who else was considered, what values and priorities were debated---all these have remained locked in hidden correspondence. Until now.  My talk will analyze newly discovered letters from the 1950 and 1958 Fields Medal committees, which I claim demand a significant change to our understanding of the pre-1960 medals. I will show, in particular, that the award was not considered a prize for the very best mathematicians, or even for the very best young mathematicians. Debates from those years also shed new light on how the age limit of 40 came about, and what consequences this had for the Medal and for the mathematics profession.

 

 

 




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