Posted on May 4, 2010 by Dinah
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has announced the release of No Refuge: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2009-10. The AAUP website notes,
This year’s report discusses faculty salaries in the context of turbulent financial times and suggests that faculty salaries are concrete indicators of institutional priorities. Mandatory furloughs, hiring and salary freezes, and reductions in retirement-fund contributions are all symptoms of a continuing disinvestment in the faculty.
For highlights and links, see the report webpage.
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Posted on April 20, 2010 by Brian
On April 10, AAA Executive Director William Davis appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to offer formal testimony in support of the Obama Administration’s request for an appropriation of $7.4 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Davis noted that while NSF provides only 21 percent of the total federal budget for basic research conducted in U.S. colleges and universities, the agency supports over half, or 57 percent, of all federal support committed for research in the social sciences. For disciplines like anthropology, this support has tremendous significance.
Davis also noted that the NSF has, in the past, provided support to the American Anthropological Association for the development of a museum exhibit (RACE: Are We So Different?) currently traveling the country which stimulates public discussion and public education on the science, history and lived experience of race.
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Posted on April 19, 2010 by Dinah
On Friday, April 16, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Board of Directors adopted a statement “On the human right to the benefits of scientific progress.” To read the full statement, please click on the “read more” link below. Information about current AAAS activities in this area is available online, via their Science and Human Rights Program website. Continue reading
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Posted on April 9, 2010 by Brian
Last year, the AAA joined a number of organizations in urging the State Dept. and Homeland Security to stop denying visas to foreign scholars, writers, and activists based upon their political views, associations, and ideas. This practice of “ideological exclusion,” a legacy of the Bush administration, has slowly been showing signs of change. In January, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reversed a decision to deny entry to Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan, two prominent Muslim scholars. Ramadan recently made his first public appearance since the ban to discuss building bridges with the Islamic world. The AAA continues to work with its partners to ensure that this practice is brought to an end.
Click here to view a copy (.pdf) of the letter addressed to the US Attorney General, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Dept. of State.
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Posted on February 23, 2010 by Brian
The following is a message from AAA Secretary Debra Martin:
Dear AAA Member:
As the Secretary of the American Anthropological Association, I am pleased to report to you the results of our latest ballot initiative. At the most recent annual meeting, a resolution was adopted at the business meeting by a quorum of members. This resolution, in short, asks that the AAA denounce the current human rights violations and support Hondurans that have resisted and continue to resist the June 28, 2009 military coup in their country. The resolution also calls for the support of efforts by progressive forces to facilitate a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis. Continue reading
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Posted on January 15, 2010 by Brian
Congresswoman and CBC Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) addresses the panel
Panelists continued conversations about race during the second day of the AAA symposium, “A New National Dialogue on Race,” that took place on Capitol Hill. We were happy to have the honorable Congresswoman and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) drop in on the panel to stress the importance of holding a civil dialogue on race and to thank the AAA and Science Museum of Minnesota for their continued work on the RACE exhibit. Questions that were left unanswered during the Q&A are copied below. Continue reading
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Posted on January 14, 2010 by Brian
A small portion of the RACE exhibit was on display
On Jan. 12-13, 2010, the AAA was joined by the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in hosting a groundbreaking symposium, “A New National Dialogue on Race,” on Capitol Hill. The program brought together diverse leaders to discuss a vision for race dialogue, identify trends in racial disparities, and consider a social justice agenda for 2010 and beyond. A recording of the first panel is provided below, along with pictures and questions that panelists did not have time to answer. Continue reading
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Posted on December 8, 2009 by Brian
The AAA’s Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the US Security and Intelligence Communities (CEAUSSIC) released its Final Report on the Army’s Human Terrain System Proof of Concept Program [pdf]. CEAUSSIC held a press conference on the report during the 2009 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Media links and the executive summary are copied below:
In December of 2008, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association asked the Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the U.S. Security and Intelligence Communities (CEAUSSIC) to thoroughly review the Human Terrain System (HTS) program, so that the AAA might then formulate an official position on members’ participation in HTS activities. This report details CEAUSSIC’s primary findings, which are summarized in the following key points:
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Posted on November 5, 2009 by Richard, Sheron & Sean
Today the President will be giving the opening and closing remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. The conference will include leaders from 564 federally recognized tribes and various Cabinet secretaries. According to the New York Times, the participants will discuss a wide range of topics from treaty obligations and tribal sovereignty, to issues of economic development, natural resources, public safety, housing, education and health care.
The conference, the first since President Clinton held one in 1994, some 15 years ago, is being well received. This will be the second campaign promise to the Native American community that the President has followed up on, after naming Kimberly Teehee as senior policy adviser for Native American affairs and a member of his Domestic Policy Council in July.
For more information, please see these articles:
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Posted on October 27, 2009 by Brian
Photo by Flickr user "S Migol"
On Oct. 7, 2009, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Passed in 1990, NAGPRA “provides a process for museums and Federal agencies to return certain Native American cultural items–human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony–to lineal descendants, and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and native Hawaiian organizations.” The panel included the Deputy Director of the National Park Service David Wenk, Susan Bruning of the Society for American Archaeology, representatives of the Tribal Nations, and others. Continue reading
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