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?

Petty Nationalism and the Right’s War on Language

This post was submitted by Phillip M. Carter, an associate professor of linguistics at Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute The French Revolutionaries, compelled as they were by their own notion of égalité, put forth a radical idea: eliminate social inequality by giving all French citizens access to the French language. A common language, disseminated … Continue reading Petty Nationalism and the Right’s War on Language

The Remarkable Paradox of Militant Christians

This post was submitted by Alice Beck Kehoe, professor of anthropology, emerita, at Marquette University. Steve Bannon, Breitbart News. Standoff of a man, his sons and fellows against encroachment on his land. Christian Warriors Battling for America. What would Jesus do? For 5,000 years and counting, speakers of Indo-European languages––that’s English––have spoken a macho line of … Continue reading The Remarkable Paradox of Militant Christians

Of Memorials, Sacrifice, and Hope in Turkey

This post was submitted by Dr. Sumi Colligan, Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Service-Learning Co-Coordinator at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. On the road in Turkey again this past month, two Turkish friends, one an avowed leftist and one a yoga devotee, and I visited several World War I memorials on the Gallipoli Peninsula near Canakkale. At the … Continue reading Of Memorials, Sacrifice, and Hope in Turkey

Song as Boundary Work: On Dylan and the Nobel Prize

This post was submitted by Robert Skoro. A musician-turned-anthropologist, Robert works in private industry as a strategist and researcher.  Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, a remarkable gesture to all, whether obvious or controversial. His songs provoked and catalyzed cultural change during a pivotal era in American history, and an American hasn’t … Continue reading Song as Boundary Work: On Dylan and the Nobel Prize