anthro in the news 1/30/17

Paul Farmer, physician and medical anthropologist, at a Partners in Health clinic Source: Bending the Arc website
Paul Farmer, physician and medical anthropologist, at a Partners in Health clinic
Source: Bending the Arc website

documenting care and hope

As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune the Sundance Film Festival premiered a documentary, called Bending the Arc, about Partners in Health (PIH). Co-founded by medical anthropologists Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, PIH employs 18,000 people and brings health care to many  communities around the world.

fact checking

The Earth is Flat After All, by Ray. Flickr Creative Commons
The Earth is Flat After All, by Ray. Flickr Creative Commons

Barbara J. King, professor emerita of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, contributed a piece to National Public Radio (U.S.) in which she discusses recent statements made and actions taken by the Trump team, providing a science fact check for each. Topics include climate change, vaccines and autism, human rights, and human evolution.


when the mysterious happens

WVAS public radio (Montgomery, Alabama) carried a presentation about people’s reactions when things happen to them that seem to defy a rational explanation, such as a strange sighting or a feeling of something supernatural. The writer cites the work of Tanya Luhrmann, professor of anthropology at Stanford University and author of several publications on the sacred in The New York Times as an op-ed contributor, in books for the general public, and in more academic settings.

book review

mandd-mpl-in-indiaThe Wire (India) carried a review of a book by Sylvia Vatuk, professor emerita of anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago, called Marriage and its Discontents: Women, Islam and the Law in India. In the book, she describes how paternalistic attitudes affect women suffering in abusive and troubled marriages. “She states that the issues faced by women are similar across all faiths but since her focus has been on Muslim women, she illustrates these issues using examples of how they navigate the domestic space.”

welcoming refugees in New Jersey

syriasupperclub_wide-80f25e8c4ce0776e2d78c2464357c523ed6af1ea-s800-c85National Public Radio reported on the outreach activities of Katherine McCaffrey, professor of anthropology at Montclair State University, and co-founder of the Syria Supper Club in New Jersey. The Syria Supper Club connects local residents with refugees through regular dinner parties, texting, and more. “This refugee project really came out of a sense of outrage over the refugee crisis last summer,” she says.

take that anthro degree and…

…become a professor of film and media. Ashish Chadha, associate professor of film and media at the University of Rhode Island, has been making experimental films for more than two decades. His films have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries, and museums. He has made three feature films – Shadows Formless, Katho Upanaishad, and Rati Chakravyuh. His films have been shown at venues around the world including the Tate Modern in London, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and several Berlin film festivals. His scholarly works have been published in the Journal of Social Archaeologythe Journal of Material CultureContributions to Indian Sociology and the Indian Economic and the Social History Review. His latest film, Aapothkalin Trikalika, or The Kali of Emergency, has been accepted by the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and will be shown in mid-February. Chadha has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University.

…become a museum curator. Rhéanne Chartrand is the first Indigenous Curatorial Resident at the McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In January,   the Museum opened its exhibit, Unapologetic: Acts of Survivance, which displays the work of 11 barrier-breaking Indigenous artists. Chartrand, who began conceptualizing this exhibit in 2015, previously worked on the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Pan Am Games. Chartrand has a B.A. in history and anthropology from McMaster University.

…work in IT. Gaurav Dwivedi of New Delhi is the CEO of MyGov, a platform created to build engagement between citizens and the government of India.  A former IAS Officer, Dwivedi later pursued a course on project appraisal and risk management from the Duke Center for International Development at Duke University.  He has worked as deputy director in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie and as a deputy director in the department of information and technology under the ministry of communications in New Delhi. Dwivedi has an M.Sc. in anthropology from Delhi University.

…become a writer, photographer, and professional traveler. Isaac Stone Simonelli was managing editor for a weekly print newspaper and online news portal in Phuket, Thailand, for several years. He recently launched Dice Travels and “Simonelli’s Travelling Magic Show” as a way to break through language barriers, create good will, and earn some money. He is riding a Yamaha DT 175 motorcycle across Africa, allowing chance and a handful of dice to control where he travels next, what he eats for breakfast, where he goes for a drink at night, and what he does for fun. Simonelli is living at the mercy of the dice for an entire year, documenting his experiences  at DiceTravels.com and on social media. Simonelli has B.A. degrees in underwater archaeology and anthropology, a minor in creative writing, and a certificate in African studies from Indiana University.

…work in higher education. Miko McFarland, former assistant director and acting director of the University of Kentucky’s Education Abroad and Exchanges office, will be the university’s new executive director for Education Abroad and Exchanges. Prior to joining the UK Education Abroad team, McFarland served as the Study Away Programs advisor at Missouri State University for four years and with international exchange students and exchange student programming. McFarland has a B.A. in anthropology and an M.A. in international affairs and administration from Missouri State University. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Japan and returned there during her graduate studies. “As a former first-generation college student who studied abroad, I deeply understand the value of global experience during formative college years…The landscape of international education is changing, so I hope to focus on the pursuit of innovative program models, strong partnerships and affordability.”

…work in media and technology. Nate Kolbeck is cofounder & CEO at 3D Brooklyn in New York. Previously, he founded Thread Global. He is now working with the History Channel developing programming about Viking history. “The 3D Prophecy project is really about Viking culture and how it connects to the show…From our perspective, our whole approach was modern. What was important was making it look as close to the prop as possible while getting the word out that this tech is available. It’s great to see this tech making its way into pop culture.” His studio uses the Makerbot Replicator 2 printer to make objects in biodegradable plastics, as they did with the wooden boat for episode 2 and the compass for episode 6. But for objects that require more surface detail, like Rollo’s sacred armband and Finehair’s ship figurehead, the studio used Formlabs’ Form 2 resin printer. Kolbeck has a B.A. in cultural anthropology from California State Northridge.

what lies beneath Cambridge

As reported by BBC News, more than 25 skeletons have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site of a medieval friary in the center of Cambridge, England. The discovery was made in the university’s New Museums site, which is about to undergo a major redevelopment. The land was home to a friary between 1290 and 1538, making many of the remains 450 years old. Archaeologists say the skeletons are in good condition, and they expect to find as many as 40 more. The team from the Cambridge Archaeological Unit will spend four weeks on the site before renovations get underway.

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