This post was submitted by AAA member Jen Shannon, curator and associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History and department of anthropology. In a university faculty meeting last semester full of cultural, biological, and archaeological anthropologists, and one museum anthropologist (me!), we discussed the value of acknowledging public … Continue reading Museum Anthropology Has a Lot to Offer Public Anthropology!
Given the sensitivity of this issue, this article was previously published anonymously on the blog operated by the former AAA Committee for Human Rights. The author is currently writing under the name Yael Mill. Slowly but surely, the international public has begun to acknowledge that “the Rohingya issue” in Southeast Asian Myanmar might constitute a case … Continue reading The R-word and the G-word: On counting and accountability in the case of the Rohingya
Members of the AAA’s Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) reflect on the relationship between anthropology and human rights in honor of Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read their reflections and add your own in the comments below. “To do anthropology is always, in some … Continue reading Reflections on Anthropology and Human Rights
This post was submitted by Lewis Borck (Faculty of Archaeology, Universiteit Leiden) and Ashleigh Thompson (School of Anthropology, University of Arizona). Recently while cruising through a social media feed, we came across a headline from American Archaeology that read “The Mystery of Hohokam Ballcourts.” American Archaeology does excellent work, as does their parent organization, the not-for-profit … Continue reading The Miseducation of the Public and the Erasure of Native Americans
Until the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the mass suicides-massacre at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978 represented the largest number of man-caused civilian deaths in a single event in modern American history. Over nine hundred people died. The atrocity triggered an avalanche of newspaper and magazine articles, television news stories and specials, and a number of … Continue reading Jonestown: 40 Years Later
Post author Andre Fernando Biehl is a junior at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ. As part of an independent social science project, he has been working with the nonprofit Migrant Worker Outreach. He is the Youth Editor and Contributing Reporter of Latino Migrant Teen Journal and, over the summer, he interviewed blueberry pickers at … Continue reading “The Hope Is in Organizing:” An Interview with Iconic Farmworker Activist Dolores Huerta
We are anthropologists who work with migrants and refugees, many of whom are fleeing for their lives. And we want to set the record straight. We conduct research with migrants in Central America, Mexico, the U.S., and around the world; some of us have walked with migrant caravans. We have been working with these populations—our … Continue reading Five Things You Should Know About the “Migrant Caravan”