We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves: An Update from AAA Intern Sam Ropa

“We are the stories we tell ourselves” — Aja Monet Hello, Associated American Anthropologists! A dispatch from your cultural anthropologist in DC: This city is steeped in stories. Anecdotes about this or that president, quips about a landmark, a post office, a theater; tales about memorialized generals, cast in bronze, watching over their square, trying … Continue reading We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves: An Update from AAA Intern Sam Ropa

I Have Always Felt at Home in Libraries: An Update from AAA Intern Sam Ropa

An update from 2018 AAA Intern Sam Ropa: I have always felt at home in libraries. Most academics relate to this feeling—the one that only comes when one is surrounded by stacks of books, surrounded by quiet thoughts. For some, the feeling is triggered by that ‘old book’ smell; that faint scent of vanilla that … Continue reading I Have Always Felt at Home in Libraries: An Update from AAA Intern Sam Ropa

A British Schooner and the Big City: An Update from AAA Intern Evan Olinger

An update from 2018 AAA Intern Evan Olinger: My name is Evan Olinger, and I am interning at the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) at the Washington Navy Yard! My first few weeks in DC have been a blast. Not only have I had the opportunity to go sightseeing … Continue reading A British Schooner and the Big City: An Update from AAA Intern Evan Olinger

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