YouTeach: Films in the Anthropology Classroom

The right film with the right conversation can transform a classroom by illustrating for students what words alone cannot animate. As the fall semester gets underway, I thought I’d round up some of the best lists about teaching anthropological concepts with videos. As S. Elizabeth Bird and Jonathan Godwin compellingly illustrate in their study (AAA members can access the … Continue reading YouTeach: Films in the Anthropology Classroom

A Champion of the Poor to Lead the World Bank

The following is a guest post submitted by Mark Schuller, Assistant Professor, African American Studies and Anthropology Department of Social Sciences York College, City University of New York. The piece is written by Philippe Bourgois, Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family & Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Luke Messac, MD/PhD student, University … Continue reading A Champion of the Poor to Lead the World Bank

Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing invites conversation

Anthropological publishing is undergoing rapid change as digital technologies, new forms of presentation, and an increasing desire to move to the free distribution of knowledge unfold. Whether existing models of publishing can be sustained is questionable. The AAA is currently assessing its own publication program and seeking to understand how that articulates with the wider … Continue reading Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing invites conversation

Inside the President’s Studio – Leslie Aiello

 (click to listen) Hosted by AAA President Virginia R. Dominguez, “Inside the President’s Studio” features interviews with anthropologists about their ideas, research and passions. It is part of an ongoing effort to foster public, visible and active engagement with anthropologists. Become a part of the conversation by reading and listening to the interviews, adding your … Continue reading Inside the President’s Studio – Leslie Aiello

Is Obesity an epidemic?

What does it mean to cast obesity as a disease? Tina Moffat argues in a recent Medical Anthropology Quarterly article that some critical anthropologists and sociologists see the obesity “epidemic” as entirely “socially-constructed.” By talking about obesity as an epidemic, Moffat points out that the implication is that obesity is a disease. The article interrogates … Continue reading Is Obesity an epidemic?