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

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: A World on the Move Event

Submitted by Leslie Walker, project manager, AAA public education initiatives. On August 25, 2016, the AAA hosted our second book reading in conjunction with our public education initiative, World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration®.  Leyla Keough, Research Development Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UMass, read selections from her recent book, … Continue reading Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: A World on the Move Event

Vignettes of War

This post was submitted by Dr. Sumi Colligan, Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Service-Learning Co-Coordinator at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Turkey conjures up vignettes of war, not least of which is the tragic and possibly preventable attack on Ataturk Airport that took place on June 28th. On a visit this past month, I was struck by the … Continue reading Vignettes of War

The Plight of Syrian Refugees

This past June, I participated in a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) International Faculty Development Seminar in Amman, Jordan, and Istanbul, Turkey, focusing on the plight of Syrian refugees. Of course, while the sheer numbers of Syrians displaced or killed since the onset of the war in 2011, about half of Syria’s pre-war population, … Continue reading The Plight of Syrian Refugees