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

Epidemics, Xenophobia and the “Other” Fear Factor

Sharks, contaminated foods, polluted water, heat waves, droughts, floods, tsunamis, rising ocean levels, financial collapse, the police, radical Muslims, young African American men – we live in fearful times, or so we are told.  These fears are reinforced exponentially in our media (with special thanks to the feeding frenzy of viral videos) and, of late, … Continue reading Epidemics, Xenophobia and the “Other” Fear Factor

AAA Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) joins same-sex partners across the country in celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, a consolidation of four marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan. The Court declared that it is in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment for states to deny same-sex … Continue reading AAA Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

“Why I signed” (the petition for academic boycott of Israeli institutions)

Guest blog post by AAA member,  Steven Caton (Harvard U). I have not been a fan of boycotts in the past, so why did I change my mind? The Gaza war in June and the continuing settlement finally made me reconsider. All the hand wringing over the Palestinians and pronouncements critical of Israel and its … Continue reading “Why I signed” (the petition for academic boycott of Israeli institutions)

Over 300 Anthropologists Oppose a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Today’s guest blog post is written by AAA member, David M. Rosen (rosen@fdu.edu). More than 300 anthropologists have now signed a statement strongly opposing efforts by the political organization Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) and it supporters within the American Anthropological Association to organize a boycott of Israeli academic institutions (http://anthroantiboycott.wordpress.com). The goal of the … Continue reading Over 300 Anthropologists Oppose a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Format for December 4th Members’ Open Forum on Engagement with Israel and Palestine

Today’s guest blog post is written by Ed Liebow, Executive Director. Last July’s Anthropology News mentioned a variety of ways in which AAA leadership is trying to foster dialogue and information exchange among AAA members on anthropologically relevant issues related to Israel/Palestine. We mentioned there that an Open Forum would be held at the Annual … Continue reading Format for December 4th Members’ Open Forum on Engagement with Israel and Palestine