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Hervé Varenne, TC Professor of Anthropology and Education (TC file photos)

Hervé Varenne, TC Professor of Anthropology and Education (TC file photos)

In November, Hervé Varenne, TC Professor of Anthropology and Education, was honored with the George and Louise Spindler Award for lifetime achievement from the Council on Anthropology and Education. He received the award — named for the husband-wife team who along with TC’s Margaret Mead did much to establish the field — for exerting a “profound effect” on anthropology and edu¬cation through books such as Americans Together: Structured Diversity in a Midwestern Town (1977).

In comparing Varenne to “another famous French observer, Alexis de Tocqueville,” the Council’s award committee cited Varenne’s “insights into American culture as expressed through the actions of ordinary people


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