27th Annual Richard Frucht Memorial Lecture Series

March 6th to 8th 2019

The Richard Frucht Memorial Lecture Series was created by the University of Alberta's Department of Anthropology in honour of the late Dr. Richard Frucht. Dr. Frucht came to the University of Alberta in 1966, and at the time of his death in 1979 he was a full professor with the Department of Anthropology. His courses were extremely popular, and he was well liked because of his lecturing style and friendly nature to his colleagues.

In honour and memory of Dr. Frucht, the Department instituted a graduate studies development fund that permits an annual anthropology speaker series and student conference. This fund allows the Association of Graduate Anthropology Students (AGAS) to bring in a keynote speaker to present on their research, theory, or other topics of interest to the Department and its students. It also fosters an environment for students of all faculties and disciplines to present on anthropologically-related research. In the spirit of Dr. Frucht's academic exploration of the links between local level societies and economies with worldwide historical processes, which reflected the four-field nature of the Department, the speaker is chosen to present on a topic that reflects one of the four sub-fields of anthropology. The focal sub-field for the 2019 lecture series is linguistic anthropology.

The organizing committee of the 27th annual Richard Frucht Memorial Lecture Series is pleased to announce that this year’s distinguished speaker is Dr. Bernard Perley. Dr. Perley is linguistic anthropologist from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and has ongoing research and advocacy in language revitalization. Dr. Perley’s current research trajectory incorporates cognitive science, biological anthropology, narratology, and emergent languages in exploring the intersections of cognition, metaphors, narrative, and linguistic anthropology as an integrated approach to language revitalization. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Perley and network with him at professional and social events.

We are also now accepting submissions for the 2019 Student Conference. Although this year’s theme is linguistic anthropology, we welcome submissions from all subfields of anthropology and related fields. We would like to invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit abstracts for poster, podium, and video presentations (abstract length: 250 words maximum).

To submit an abstract, please visit our website, and click on submit an abstract. This will direct you to our Google form, where you can make submissions. The submission deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019 at midnight MST. You will be notified of your acceptance to the conference by Friday, February 1, 2019 before midnight.

Any questions or comments can be sent to
On behalf of the 2019 Organizing Committee, thank you for your interest.

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8