Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John Verano

Professor - Anthropology

Contact Info
verano@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Stanford University, Anthropology, 1977
  • M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1980
  • Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1987

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2009-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2000-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2000
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1994-2000
  • Assistant Professor, George Washington University, 1992-1994

Research & Teaching Specializations: Peru; Physical Anthropology; Bioarchaeology; Paleopathpology; Forensic Anthropology

Related Experience

  • Co-director of Excavation and Lab Director, Platform III, Pyramids of Moche, northern Peru, 2012
  • Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from site of Marcajirca, Callejón de Conchucos, Department of Ancash, Peru, 2011
  • Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from Platform III, Huaca de la Luna, and from excavations at Huaca Prieta, Chicama Valley, 2008-2009
  • Director of Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains, funerary platform at Huaca Rajada/Sipán at the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque, Peru, 2007
  • Visiting Lecturer and Field/Lab Supervisor, Harvard University Summer Program in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, 2006

Distinctions

  • Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 2006-2007
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowships, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
  • National Geographic Society Research Grants, 2000-2001, 2005-2006
  • Fulbright Lecturer, Peru, 1989, 1996
  • Performance Award, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1993

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2014. Scherer, Andrew, and John W. Verano (editors). Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia.
  • 2011. “Human Skeletal Remains from Chotuna.” In Chotuna and Chornancap: The Excavation of an Ancient Peruvian Legend. Ed. Christopher B. Donnan. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, pp. 185-194.
  • 2011. “Estudio bioantropológico de los restos humanos del Sector II, Punta Lobos, valle de Huarmey. With J. Marla Toyne. In Arqueología de la Costa de Ancash. ANDES 8: Boletín del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia. Ed. M. Giersz. pp. 421-446. Varsovia, Poland; Lima Peru: l'Institut français d'études andines.
  • 2011. “Human Remains.” With Jack Rossen. In From Foraging to Farming in the Andes: New Perspectives on Food Production and Social Organization. Ed. Tom Dillehay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 163-175.
  • 2008. “Cranioplasty in Ancient Peru: A critical review of the evidence, and a unique case from the Cuzco Area.” With Andrushko, V.A. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 18: 1-11.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Forensic Anthropology; Principles of Forensic Anthropology; Human Paleopathology; Bones, Bodies and Disease; Bioarchaeology of Mummies

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 8

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The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial

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Kátia Felipini, Coordinator, São Paulo Resistance Memorial, will give a talk entitled “The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial.” The talk will be in Portuguese.

The Resistance Memorial is Brazil's first national memorial dedicated to preserving memories of the political resistance and repression that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship that governed the country from 1964 to 1985. Kátia Felipini, who participated as a museologist in developing the memorial and now serves as its coordinator, will discuss the complex process of the memorial's creation and the lessons it offers for other sites in Brazil and around the world. This lecture will be given in Portuguese.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholars, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (ratencio@tulane.edu).

The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho

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Anderson da Mata, an Assistant Professor of literary theory at Universidade de Brasília, will give a talk entitled “The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho.” The talk will be given in Portuguese.

Anderson da Mata is an Assistant Professor of literary theory at the Universidade de Brasília and author of O silêncio das crianças: representações da infância na narrativa brasileira contemporânea (Londrina: EDUEL, 2010).

Sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (ratencio@tulane.edu).

"The Media Operations and Communication Policies of Latin American Leftist Leaders: The Cases of Argentina and Uruguay"

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Ivan Schuliaquer, a visiting student scholar from Argentina working on his doctoral dissertation, will present a talk entitled, “The Media Operations and Communication Policies of Latin American Leftist Leaders.”

The leftist governments of Frente Amplio in Uruguay and of the Kirchners in Argentina share the viewpoint that large media conglomerates play an oppositional role in their respective countries. However, there is significant variation in the ways that both governments have organized their media operations and established communication policies. The presentation develops a comparative analysis of the two cases to explore the factors that shape the relationship between media and political leaders in the region.

For more information please contact Ivan Schuliaquer, ischulia@tulane.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Bruno Bosteels speaks at Loyola University

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University presents: “Politics and Violence in Latin America: Democracy in the Criticism of Arms,” a talk by Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Bosteels is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism, among other works.

For more information on this event, please contact Josefa Salmon at salmon@loyno.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean, The Languages & Cultures Department at Loyola University, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, Gregory F. Curtin & Rev. Guy Lemieux SJ SAK Distinguished Professorships.

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The Pebbles Center turns 10!

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The Pebbles Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 10th anniversary falls on Dia, a celebration of children and reading. To celebrate, the Pebbles Center is hosting renowned children’s book author Jorge Argueta. Mr. Argueta was a guest at the inauguration of the Pebbles Center 10 years ago. See photographs from Mr. Argueta’s previous visit here. He will present an interactive presentation based on some of his most recent books.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets! Argueta has written a series of delicious cooking poems perfect for reading while cooking or incorporating food into the classroom. Come out and celebrate with us!

Children and parents will be able to enjoy a wonderful reading and a workshop highlighting the delicious foods found in his books. We will be of course providing snacks as well as be able to distribute a handful of bilingual books donated by the New Orleans Public Library.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. Ven a celebrar con nosotros el día con autor salvadoreño Jorge Argueta.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleáns.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the Latin American Resource Center at crcrts@tulane.edu or check our Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the New Orleans Public Library.

Photo by Nina Menconi.

Art Syncopation

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are pleased to present an art exhibit of renowned artist Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera entitled “Art Syncopation.” An opening reception will be held on April 22nd at 6 PM. The exhibit will be on display through May 20th.

Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera is an important Mexican Painter and one of the most significant contributors to contemporary figurative Mexican art. His work primarily focuses on figures and portraits in conjunction with music. His art reveals form and substance in a realistic manner.

Gonzalez de la Tijera was born in Mexico City in 1958. He developed his painting style, figurative realism, as a student of master painter Santiago Carbonell.