The UN Declaration of Human Rights and the 2017 US Tax Bill: Reflecting on the Anthropological Response

8 Dec

Mattering Anthropology, Anthropology Matters

6 Dec

The Geek Anthropologist

By Emma Louise Backe

Anthropology Matters! was the exhortation of the 116th American Anthropological Association Annual meeting this year in Washington, D.C. The frenetic energy of the 115th meeting, marked by the recent 2016 election of now president Donald J. Trump, has instead hardened around an overt and concentrated attempt to historicize the sociopolitical events of the present and prognisticate directions for the future. Yet the exclamatory nature of Anthropology Matters feels ineffectual. Are we trying to signal to the broader intellectual community and American public that anthropology does indeed matter? Or are we instead convincing ourselves that our choice of discipline was legitimate, necessary?

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AAA at Global Climate Change Conference – “We’re Still In”

10 Nov

[In The News] Conservation Organizations Abuse BaYaka Forest Foragers

27 Sep

New Mexico school standards water down evolution, geology, and climate change

20 Sep

Why Evolution Is True

Mother Jones has an article by Andy Kroll about how the state of New Mexico has watered down a widespread and excellent secondary school science curriculum (grades kindergarden through 12): the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) developed in conjunction with National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The state’s public education department released a document (here) that proposes changes to its existing standards that have changed some of the NGSS guidelines.

And these changes aren’t random: in the main, they water down evolution, remove evidence for the age of the earth, and imply that global warming is a “fluctuation” rather than a trend. Glenn Branch of the NCSE reacted:

“These changes are evidently intended to placate creationists and climate change deniers,” says Glenn Branch, the deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that…

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The Years That Ask Questions: Epistemologies of Liberation and the Post-Charlottesville Imperative

15 Sep

How do you raise a child? Insights from a World of Babies

13 May