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Professor publishes book on Colin M. Turnbull

GW professor Roy Richard Grinker published a biography of anthropologist Colin M. Turnbull entitled In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull in August, according to a University press release.

Grinker is an associate professor of anthropology and international affairs.

Colin Turnbull was one of the most well known and unconventional anthropologists of the 20th century. His life-long fascination with the African Pygmies made him one of the most famous intellectuals of the 1960s and 70s.

So many people found his work on the Pygmies of the central African rainforest electrifying, Grinker said, according to the press release. Now they will find his life electrifying.

Grinker spent time living and studying among the Pygmies of the Ituri rain forest in Africa.

A specialist in studies of ethnicity and nationalism, Grinker has previously published books and articles on topics such as the ethnic conflict in central Africa, the intellectual history of African studies and north-south Korean relations.

-Sarah Lechner

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