The Bill Arens Endowed Scholarship Fund for International Study


Bill Arens Memorial Endowment 

A distinguished cultural anthropologist, Dr. Bill Arens joined Stony Brook University in 1970 in the Department of Anthropology, where he remained a faculty member until his retirement in 2016, when he became Dean Emeritus.  In the late 80s, he became Chair of the Department, a position he held for more than a decade.  Outside of Stony Brook Bill achieved celebrity as an authority on cannibalism.  His originality in this field lay in his questioning the reliability of all the countless reports of its occurrence as a regular, accepted social practice, from the time of the so-called "Peking Man" to the present.  His analysis of these appeared in his widely published book, "The Man-Eating Myth" and generated tremendous interest in cultural anthropological circles - and well outside, too, for he was invited by the BBC to make a film based on his book.  His work made the identification of cannibalism in the anthropological record a much more exacting task.

This Scholarship will be awarded to the students participating in an international study program. Preference in awarding the scholarship will be given to a student majoring in Anthropology.

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