Inaugural Summer Institute for Department Leaders

Ed Liebow, Executive Director More than 40 department leaders (chairs and directors of graduate/undergraduate studies) came to Washington, DC last week for two days of intensive workshops in which they discussed the various challenges department leaders face as well as their successes in confronting these challenges. Participants came from a variety of schools, from combined … Continue reading Inaugural Summer Institute for Department Leaders

North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics, an Interview with Byung-Ho Chung

The following is an interview of Byung-Ho Chung Professor at Hanyang University and President of the Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology, conducted by AAA Executive Director Ed Liebow. EL: I recently came across your book, North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics. I was intrigued by the main argument about the durability of charismatic politics in North Korea due … Continue reading North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics, an Interview with Byung-Ho Chung

Who was Bobby Kennedy?

This post was submitted by Nancy Scheper-Hughes, professor of medical anthropology at UC Berkeley where she directs the doctoral program in Critical Studies in Medicine, Science and the Body. There was no Saint Bobby. Robert Kennedy was a hawk, not a dove, particularly his role in US-Latin American relations. During the Cuban Missile Crisis it … Continue reading Who was Bobby Kennedy?

Africa in the World: Event Highlights from Johannesburg

“Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production,” a joint conference of AAA and the African Studies Association begins May 25th in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference organizers and partners have selected an Africa in the World Student Ambassador Social Media Team to share the conference’s many highlights across various social media platforms. Two … Continue reading Africa in the World: Event Highlights from Johannesburg

From the Golden Mile to the Blacker Barrios: The Geography of Intimidation

This post was submitted by Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Isabel Rivera-Collazo, University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Andrea Lopez Rivera, San Diego State University. The heavy police presence along La Milla de Oro (The Golden Mile) was expected.  Occupying two blocks of parallel avenues, Muñoz Rivera … Continue reading From the Golden Mile to the Blacker Barrios: The Geography of Intimidation

Marching For Our Lives?

This post was submitted by Alice B. Kehoe, professor of anthropology, emerita at Marquette University. My housemate marched on Saturday. My next-door neighbor marched on Saturday. I didn’t march. Of course I’m appalled at the prevalence of guns. Guns are for killing. If I marched with the thousands in downtown Washington, DC on Saturday, would … Continue reading Marching For Our Lives?