Plenary Address by Regna Darnell, University Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario:"The Nature of Knowledge: Callibrating Discourses Across Cultures"The Grand River Forum Wilfrid Laurier University BrantfordNovember 2, 2011"
Dr. Regna Darnell
Regna Darnell received a B.A. in Anthropology and English (cum laude) from Bryn Mawr College in 1965, and an M.A. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at the University of Alberta from 1969-1990, attaining the rank of Professor in 1979. Professor Darnell came to the University of Western Ontario in 1990, serving as Chair of Anthropology (1990-93) and as Director of the Centre for Research and Teaching of Canadian Native Languages since 1992. She became a Distinguished University Professor in 2005. She is the founding Director of Western's First Nations Studies Program. She serves on the core faculty of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism and holds an adjunct appointment in Anthropology at McMaster University. In 2000, she served as Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies and Anthropology and Guest Fellow at Pierson College, Yale University. Professor Darnell is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the American Philosophical Society, past-president of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology past-president of the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, and chaired the American Anthropological Association's Centennial Executive and Advisory Commissions (planning for publications and celebrations in 2002). She has published widely in First Nations languages and cultures as well as history of anthropology. Recent books include: Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist (1990); Collected Works of Edward Sapir 3: Culture (1999) and 4: Ethnology (1994); And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology (1998); Theorizing the Americanist Tradition (ed. with Lisa Valentine, 1999); and Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology (2001); Presidential Portraits: Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association (ed. with Frederic W. Gleach, 2002); American Anthropology 1971-95: Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist (2002); Special Centennial Issue of the American Anthropologist (ed. with Frederic W. Gleach, 2002).