anthro in the news 2/20/17

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not “beautiful”

A letter to the editor by Charles Thompson appeared in The New York Times. He is professor of cultural anthropology and documentary studies at Duke University and author of Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S.-Mexico Divide. His letter responds to an earlier article in The New York Times, Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border:

I have traveled the roughly 2,000 miles of the border and have witnessed every section of the wall up close. I have visited with dozens of people along the way and crossed at every crossing. I have learned these truths: The border wall is ineffective except for killing the poorest migrants and wildlife. It is a colossal waste of money and does little to prevent violence or curtail drugs. There is nothing “beautiful” about it. Instead of keeping us safe, our wall sends a message to our southern allies that we have closed off all communication. Any talk of a new wall serves only to underline our lack of imagination for solving problems collaboratively. I reject this symbol for the land of the free.

anthropology day

anthroday_button-width-600The Huffington Post published a piece called “What Is This Anthropology Anyway?” by Therese Muranaka, a retired California State Parks archaeologist who taught anthropology part-time for many years:  In honor of Anthropology Day on February 16, help the Anthropology students in your life celebrate the inherent value of their discipline. For those of you with college children not majoring in Anthropology, suggest an Anthropology minor. Those of you able to do so, take a community college or continuing education Anthropology class. Nothing would be more broadening of your horizons. The world is a very, very big place.” 


survey stats in question


An article in The Independent on the reported decline in marital sex in Japan includes earlier commentary by
Tomomi Yamaguchi, associate professor of anthropology at Montana State University, in which she questioned the claim that Japan was in the grip of a “pathological” loss of interest in sex. In an interview with The Guardian in 2016, she pointed to similar trends in other countries, including Britain: “While the British situation is largely blamed on unemployment, Japanese singletons are blamed for having a unique – sometimes framed as exotic or pathological – lack of interest in sex, marriage and procreation,” she said, hinting that racism that could be affecting the way trends in Japan are portrayed in the West

take that anthro degree and…

…work in higher education administration. Gina Sanchez Gibau is the newly appointed associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Gibau served as associate dean for student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI since 2011, having first come to IUPUI in 2000 as an assistant professor of anthropology.  Gibau has a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean affairs from Rollins College, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas Austin.

…become a professor of peace and conflict studies. Sa’ed Atshan is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College. He taught at Brown University before joining the Swarthmore faculty in 2015. According to commentary from friends and associates, he is on a lifelong quest to find peaceful answers to the questions that sprang from the violence he witnessed as a child and also from growing up gay in an intolerant society. He has a B.A. in political science and Middle East Studies from Swarthmore College, a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in anthropology and Middle East studies from Harvard University. 

…become a chef. Analisa LaPietra is sous-chef at Prohibition in Charleston, West Virginia. She was headed for grad school when she got a restaurant job in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She decided that her love of eating and cooking would be more fun to pursue than grad school and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. She has worked at several restaurants including the now-closed Arielle in Rhinebeck, New York, at Primo in Maine under two-time James Beard award winner Melissa Kelly, as well as ZoZo’s in the Virgin Islands. When friend Greg Garrison from CIA became executive chef at Prohibition, he heckled La Pietra until she agreed to be his sous chef in 2016. LaPietra has a double B.A. from Penn State University in anthropology and psychology.

…work in human rights and social justice. Olivia Nuamah is the new executive director of Pride Toronto. A community builder, mother, artist and DJ, she brings almost 25 years of experience working in both the government and non-profit sectors to her new position. Most recently, Nuamah was the executive director of Innercity Family Health, an organization that delivers healthcare to homeless communities in Toronto’s downtown east-end. She comments: “Joining Pride presents an incredible opportunity to step into a role that affirms who I am both as a leader and my personal desire to create cultural experiences that reflect the diversity of identities and experiences in our community.” Nuamah has a B.A. in international development and social anthropology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in social anthropology from Brunel University.

desktop “archaeology “

The Guardian reported on GlobalXplorer, an idea of so-called “space archaeologist” Sarah Parcak, a leader in the use of remote sensing in archaeology. She has used such images and techniques to examine them to find many ancient tombs, pyramids, and settlements. She has invested $1m from her TED prize for “world-changing projects” to launch the first phase of the new project which includes more than 200,000 square km of imagery of Peru for popular exploration. “We are empowering a 21st-century army of global explorers to discover and protect our shared history,” she explained at its launch.

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