James H. Handelman Endowment for the Exploration of Anthropogeny

James H. Handelman
(1954 – 2016)


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On February 27, 2016, CARTA lost our original supporter and champion, James H. Handelman, Director of the Mathers Foundation of New York. Modest and humble to a fault, Jim always insisted on keeping a low profile, and brushed off any attempt to give himself due credit for jump-starting the entire CARTA enterprise.

Jim championed the heart and soul of CARTA's efforts - the symposia on human origins and the Anthropogeny Graduate Specialization program.

We know of no other organization or academic program like this anywhere else in the world - a tribute to Jim's foresight - that facilitates transdisciplinary collaborations and trains future investigators to explore and explain the origins of the human phenomenon.

In recognition of Jim Handelman's longstanding support for CARTA and its mission, we have established the James H. Handelman Endowment for the Exploration of Anthropogeny, which will form a perpetual foundation for a future in which anyone with a question about human origins may begin their exploration through CARTA.

Please help us secure the future of this novel transdisciplinary research enterprise, as well as the legacy of its early champion.

From the New York Times:
James Harvey Handelman. Beloved husband of Susan Schaell Handelman; son of Natalie and Donald; father of Christopher Metcalf, Zach (Raquel), and Jed; grandfather of Asher; brother of Richard (Joy). Gone too soon, at age 61, Jim died on February 27, 2016. He grew up in Scarsdale, NY; received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and continued graduate studies at Cornell University in New York. He was the Executive Director of The Mathers Foundation.

Honor Roll of Giving

Daniel C. Anderson
Rita and Richard Atkinson
Michael E. Baker
Kurt Benirschke
Pat and Joe Bertwanger
Renee Bitner and Alan Roth
Barry Bogin
Susan and David Boyle
Elizabeth Callanan
William H. Calvin
Gary Castle
Beverly and Leslie Cheikin
Derek Denton
Wolfgang Enard
Fred Gage
Pascal Gagneux
Jeff Gelles
Lawrence Grossman
Cary Handelman
Jeffrey Handelman
Joseph Handelman
Joy and Richard Handelman
Natalie and Donald Handelman
William Handelman
Carol A. Harter
Kristen Hawkes
Sarah Hrdy
Kenneth H. Kidd
Richard Klein
Megan Klingbeil
John L. Locke
Donald I. MacLeod
Linda Marchant
Lisa Marvin
Mathers Foundation
Andrew N. Meltzoff
Annette C. Merle-Smith
Meyer Handelman Company
James Moore
David Nelson
Randolph Nesse
Maynard Olson
Peter Parham
Aniruddh Patel
Philip Rightmire
James Rilling
Schley Family Foundation
Enid and Irving Serota
Sangram Sisodia
Sheldon Solomon
John Speth
Caro-Beth Stewart
Leslie Tannenbaum
Palmer W. Taylor
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem
Ajit and Nissi Varki
Fedele C. Vero
Pauline Wiessner
Christopher J. Wills
Nigel K. Woolf