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AAA Mourns the Passing of Elizabeth Colson

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August 10, 2016

Elizabeth Colson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, passed away earlier this month in Zambia. She was 99 years old. Dr. Colson was a magnificent scholar, with a keen and critical mind.  Dr. Colson served the anthropological community selflessly as a distinguished anthropologist, colleague, and mentor of younger scholars. Her work in anthropology addressed politics, religion, social organization, social change, migration, anthropological history and theory, and the ethnography of Africa and North America. Dr. Colson is best known for her ongoing fieldwork with the Gwembe Tonga of Zambia, and it is fitting that she was able to spend her final moments there.



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