Dan Everett

Bentley University · Waltham, Massachusetts

Dan Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to Bentley he served Professor of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Biological Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he was the first and only faculty member to hold the title of University Professor. He received his Sc.D. from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, in 1983.

He has taught at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Manchester, England. He has conducted research in the Amazon jungle of Brazil for more than thirty years and has authored nearly 100 scientific articles and six books. After more than 25 years as a missionary and ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, he was ‘converted’ to atheism by the Piraha people he had gone to convert. This story and others are told in his most recent book is Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazon Jungle from Pantheon Books in the US and Profile Books in the UK.

He has been featured in the New Yorker magazine, New Scientist magazine (three times), Scientific American, Science News, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Independent, El Mundo (Spain), and other newspapers in countries from Holland, India, Japan, and elsewhere, including extensive coverage in most major Brazilian newspapers and news magazines. The Smithsonian Channel, in conjunction with other international channels will air a documentary on his research and life in 2010. He speaks Portuguese, Piraha, Spanish, and English.

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Topics: Biology, Education, Religion, Science (General)
Subtopics: Art & science, Leaving religion, Science education

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