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From Labrador to Samoa: the Theory and Practice of Eleanor Burke Leacock

Have you read From Labrador to Samoa: the Theory and Practice of Eleanor Burke Leacock?

Edited by Constance R. Sutton, this book is published by the Association for Feminist Anthropology/American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the International Women’s Anthropology Conference, ©1993.

Order your print copy today from the AAA online store at a special member price of $7.50.

Archaeologists Rise Up Against “Heavy Metal”

 Our contenders in the ring of Diggergate’12 are…

Susan Gillespie, an American academic anthropologist and archaeologist, noted for her contributions to archaeological and ethnohistorical research on pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, in particular the Aztec, Maya and Olmec.  This champion holds many titles: Associate Professor at the University of Florida, AAA Executive Board Member, 1990 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize from the American Society for Ethnohistory and the 2002 Gordon R. Willey Prize.

Ric Savage, retired professional wrestler and history hobbyist, noted for his contributions in the independent wrestling circuits under the ring name “Heavy Metal”. Savage also hold titles: GAWF Southern Heavyweight Championship, two-time NCW World Tag Team Championship and two-time SWA World Heavyweight Champ.

The Play:
Savage’s new reality TV show, American Diggers, travels across the country digging up American treasure. In classic Heavy Metal fashion, Savage attempts to spike piledriver our nation’s history.

Bill Carter, journalist for The New York Times, interviews Gillespie as she speaks on behalf of her fellow members at AAA:

Our main issue is that these shows promote the destruction and selling of artifacts which are part of our cultural heritage and patrimony.

Savage’s Vice President for Development at Spike TV, Sharon Levy, replies with:

He has a right as an American citizen to do this…He’s not going anywhere he shouldn’t be. He’s not digging up the pyramids.

While Savage’s sunset flip might be one of his signature moves in wrestling, his unethical profiteering practices are not one for the books.

Read Carter’s article: TV Digs Will Harm Patrimony, Scholars Say

Special Note: *The great phrase DiggerGate’12 was started by our friends at The Wenner-Gren Foundation. Thanks!

New Search Features on AAA Website

When you head over to the AAA website, you’ll notice a few subtle changes that yield high rewards.

The first is that the search feature is now powered by Google. Website visitors now can find the content they are looking for quickly and with ease.

The second is the addition of a search feature that allows members to “search by name”. Gone are the days where you need to remember which e-mail address you used to create your log-in profile. Simply insert your name and this function will find it for you!

2011 AAA Blog In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for our blog. Check out which posts were most popular, how our readers found us, where readers are from and much more!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Petition to meet with Governor Scott

Recently, Governor Rick Scott of Florida was quoted in the Herald Tribune as saying that he wanted to devote state funding resources to encourage students to graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and medical degrees, noting “the state doesn’t need any more anthropologists.”

We ask that you join this petition to have Gov. Scott meet with representatives from the Florida anthropology community as well as our colleagues in humanities and social sciences, who are also threatened by his comment about anthropologists.  The goal of the meeting would be to initiate a proactive dialogue about our particular diverse contributions to the scientific advancement, economy, and well-being of Florida. We will be collecting signatures for the next two weeks, and plan to submit our request on Monday, October 31.

Thank you for joining this petition, and helping us underscore the value of humanities-related and social science research and study not only in Florida, but nationwide.

To sign the petition, below, add your name to the reply box below along with any constructive comments you have for the Governor.

Thank you for joining our petition, and helping us underscore the value of humanities-related research and study not only in Florida, but nationwide.

Utilize the Free Speech Anthropology Forum to continue the discussion on this topic and follow the member coverage of Governor Rick Scott.

Be a AAA Leader – nomination deadline extended

AAA Nominations Committee is now seeking nominations for the open positions on the 2012 AAA ballot. AAA members should nominate themselves. This year there will be elections for 18 AAA board and committee positions. (For a complete list of the open positions, click here; for a description of AAA leadership positions, click here.) All nominations must be completed by Tuesday, October 11, 2011.This is your opportunity to take part in the shaping of the American Anthropological Association’s future.

Among scientific and scholarly associations, the AAA is unusual in having such an extensive system of elected committees and offices. For this degree of participatory self-governance to work well, it requires that AAA members be willing to stand as candidates and give generously of their time and energies. Please check out the vacancies, and if you feel moved to do so, please indicate your willingness to run by nominating yourself. When you participate, it is good for the association, good for you, and great for your vitae.

Inside AAA – Meet Jason

Inside AAA is a blog series that provides readers the opportunity to get a glimpse of the people who work for you, the AAA member. In this series, staff members provide insight on their job and themselves.

This week, Inside AAA features Jason G. Watkins, CMP. He is AAA’s Director of Meetings.

What is your favorite on-the-job task?
Developing the framework of logistics surrounding the annual meeting is one of my favorite on-the-job tasks.  The framework includes not only the host city and facilities, but managing all of the multiple vendors it takes to produce a 6,000 person program.   Even when the annual meeting is happening we are working on the following years events.  Imagine the Olympic logo – five circles.  For the AAA meetings department each of those five circles represents a meeting we’re working on at any given time: the current year, the following year, and the three years ahead.  For us to be able to keep all of that going is exciting and makes for very interesting days in the office.

What is the most rewarding on-the-job moment?
One of the rewarding aspects of the job is working with the dedicated volunteers of the program committee (aka Section Program Editors), the executive program committee and the executive program chair.  What’s even better is seeing the event as it is happening, the excitement of 6,000 anthropologists in one central area in deep discussion, dialogue and creative expression of ideas.  And the moment when I see the program chair or a section editor during the meeting and they say “Hey, we actually did it!” is the most rewarding.

What is the most bizarre object in your office?
I have a collection of name badges from events and conferences I have attended hanging on my door.  The collection serves no purpose other than to annoy me anytime I try to close the door, as they inevitably get stuck or in the way.  But, for some reason I cannot let myself throw one away or stop collecting them. You never know when you’ll need a name badge?  

What is your favorite activity outside of work?
In the last two-three years I have been doing more running (albeit slowly).  It is great for stress relief and a jump start to the day.  Plus, it is awesome to be able to run through the national mall and by the national monuments at sunrise.  About 5.5 million people live the DC metropolitan area, but at that hour the monuments are shared only between me and the other 20 or so people crazy enough to get up that early.


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