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Anthropologists Write For The Huffington Post

Have you read what AAA members are writing about on The Huffington Post? There are more than 40 AAA members who are contributing to the AAA Huffington Post blog throughout this year on a variety of anthropological topics.

Here’s a sample of what has already been written:

Lifestyle Design: Parenting while Single

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:42 PM

Applied & Visual Anthropologist Gia M. Hamilton IS The Off The Grid Socialite

The Off the Grid Socialite, is a socially and ecologically conscious individual, she is a mother who cares about her children’s environment, health and wellbeing, she also enjoys intellectual sparring, arts and cultural events, a good medicinal…

Albania: The Gay Movement You Never Imagined

(12) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 10:33 AM

By Mindy Michels, Ph.D.

Albania.

Not exactly the place that comes to mind for most people when they think of hotbeds of gay activism. But in fact, this small, formerly communist nation is currently exploding with advocacy and public debate about gay issues.

Next week Albanian activists will…

Defending ‘Traditional’ Marriage? Whose Definition? What Tradition?

(124) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:04 PM

By Richard Feinberg

After years of argument a half-dozen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Several more, including my own, are considering it. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates, right-wing columnists and talk show hosts, evangelical pastors, and recently even Pope Benedict have called upon Americans to halt…

Why Societies Fail: The ‘Other’ Consequences of Debt

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 11:17 AM

By Richard H. Robbins

We will be hearing a lot about debt between now and the U.S. presidential election. What will likely be absent in the debate, however, is any consideration of the relationship of debt to the requirement for perpetual economic growth and its role in the dramatic

Should Animals Be Soldiers?

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 11:01 AM

Written by Jane Desmond

Steven Spielberg’s latest heroic film, War Horse, is ultimately a sentimental love story between a young English man and his horse — a magnificent chestnut thoroughbred named Joey. Both man and horse go off to battle in World War I, get separated and barely survive the…

On Ending Racial Profiling in America

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:54 PM

By Jason Silverstein

On Tuesday, April 17, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on “Ending Racial Profiling in America.” It is the first panel hearing on racial profiling since 9/11.

Supporters of racial profiling argue that it helps identify criminals, protect innocents,…

How to Listen and Talk to Iran

(16) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:35 PM

written by William O. Beeman

The United States is about to enter into another round of negotiations with Iran. Previous attempts have been limited and unproductive. One major difficulty is that Iranians and Americans after 40 years of estrangement have forgotten how to talk to each other.

Americans often miss subtleties of communication in…

Afghan Women, Culture, and Development

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 5:55 PM

written by Melissa Kerr Chiovenda

A recent report from Human Rights Watch describes the situation of Afghan women who are jailed for committing “moral crimes.” These women are accused of running away from abusive husbands or of committing adultery, while others were raped or were forced into prostitution….

The Syrian Regime and the Opposition

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Written by Faedah M. Totah

If one side is bad does this make the other side good? The number of civilians killed by government forces in the past year since the uprising began has exceeded 8,000, including infants. Thousands of Syrians have been forced from their homes and…

Troops Out, Now What?

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Written by Jose Vasquez

March 19th marked the sad anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nine tumultuous years after “shock and awe,” the people of Iraq struggle to rebuild their society while dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous occupation. When the last combat brigades pulled out in December…

Trayvon Martin’s Death, Racial Tensions and Anthropology

(16) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 3:36 PM

By Ashkuff

Many years ago, during my first biological anthropology class, I faced a major revelation: much of what we call “race” is culturally imagined, not biological fact. Of course, that’s easily forgotten after tragedies like George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin. Indeed, I’ve heard a lot of…

Why the Cultural Conversation Should Never Stop

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:52 AM

by Melissa Rinehart

How can the work of anthropologists can be more meaningfully accessible to those outside the profession, yet maintain scientific rigor? I’ve asked myself this question for years. Working as a Native Americanist (a cultural anthropologist working with Native American communities), I’ve been especially troubled about the disconnects…

The Anthropology of Mad Men and Women

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 5:43 PM

By Robert J. Morais

In season four of Mad Men, Pete Campbell and Don Draper read The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by famed anthropologist Ruth Benedict in preparation for a pitch to Japanese Honda executives. Given their mining of anthropology for insight, a look at the show through an anthropological lens…

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Troops Out, Now What?

AAA member, Jose Vasquez, writes the latest piece on The Huffington Post. Here’s an excerpt:

March 19th marked the sad anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nine tumultuous years after “shock and awe,” the people of Iraq struggle to rebuild their society while dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous occupation. When the last combat brigades pulled out in December 2011, putting Iraq in their rear-view mirrors, what was the legacy they left in their wake and the burdens they brought home with them?

As both an organizer active with Iraq Veterans Against the War and a student of anthropology, I have worked closely with U.S. military veterans who served in the so-called “Global War of Terror,” particularly those involved in peace and social justice movements. Looking back, I see many lessons to be drawn from this costly debacle.

Read the entire piece on the Huffington Post.

AAA’s Video Round Up

A flurry of interesting videos have made their way across the AAA desks this week. Embracing people and race, here are our favorites:

The Anthropology department of the Univeristy of North Carolina – Charlotte is actively engaged in the RACE: Are We Do Different? exhibit that has opened this past week in Charlotte, NC at Discovery Place. Check out these two clips from the local television broadcast News 14 Carolina. The first clip features AAA’s very own Janet Levy. Dr. Levy is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology.

 The second clip features AAA’s very own Jonathan Marks. Dr. Marks is an Anthropology Professor at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

 

The next video was highlighted on The Clog, a blog by Charlotte’s Creative Loafing. This blog featured the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit in a post titled “We’re All Pink Underneath“. To prepare readers for the exhibit, the blog highlights The New York Times video U.S.: Young and Mixed in America.

In this video, The Huffington Post features video footage of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon. Click here for the complete Huffington Post article.

Do you have a favorite video? Add the video link to your comment. We might highlight it in our next video round-up!

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