We celebrated the first National Anthropology Day on February 19, 2015. The celebration was a great success, with more than 80 college campuses, organizations, museums, elementary and high schools participating. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced a Congressional Proclamation to publicly recognize the field, and to declare the third Thursday in February as an annual day for celebration.
Anthropologists around the world took to social media to celebrate and document their activities to earmark the day. AAA hosted its first Reddit “ask me anything” (AMA) event, with staff fielding dozens of questions about anthropology and the Association. Several blogs had fun suggesting ways the day could be celebrated. More than 14,000 tweets, posts and blog posts were made with the #NationalAnthropologyDay hashtag. On-campus Anthropology Clubs reached out to nearby high schools, and took part in a selfie social media contest. Students from Minnesota State University Mankato, El Camino College, and Hunter College – CUNY each won $100 for future Anthropology Club activities.
AAA Past President Yolanda Moses celebrated National Anthropology Day with an interview highlighting the RACE: Are We So Different? public education project on the Marin County Public Radio, KWMR. Click here to listen to the interview.
We are already looking forward to next year, expanding our horizons internationally. AAA is in conversation with our sister societies in physical, applied, and archaeology, as well as the World Council of Anthropological Associations and the IUAES. Mark your calendars, next year’s Anthropology Day celebration will take place on February 18, 2016.