You Don’t Have to Attend Harvard to Hear Them Speak!

Brookdale Community College has had a long history of attracting guest speakers to its campus. One man in particular, history professor Jack Needles, put Brookdale on the map when it came to inviting well known people to our institution. He was what Jess Le Vine, another history professor who took over this task upon Jack Needle’s retirement, […]

Latinx Communities Organize and Resist

“Dissent in the Post-Truth Era: Latinx Communities Organize and Resist,” coordinated by the indefatigable anthropologist Pat Zavella, sets the pace for our panels at the 2017 AAA meetings. This executive session (Thursday morning) features scholarship grounded in a commitment to doing anthropology in solidarity with the communities we work with as researchers, activists, and partners in […]

Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]

SAE at the Annual Meeting

William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture, Café Europa, Prizewinners, and Fourteen Exciting Panels The 2017 AAA Annual Meeting is fast-approaching, and SAE has a diverse and exciting line-up of panels and events—including our central event, the William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture, which will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. (Marriott, Coolidge). This […]

Whose Secularity?

Notes from São Paulo’s LGBT Pride Parade The announcement that the theme for the 2017 LGBT São Paulo Pride Parade would be “A Secular State” appeared at once provocative and expected. For the mostly gay and lesbian (but also trans and bisexual) activists with whom I conducted fieldwork in São Paulo from 2011–2013, the issue […]

Advocating Professionalism or Muting Mental Health Problems?

Academia’s Elephant in the Room A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley in 2014 found that 47 percent of graduate students showed signs of depression. Around the same time, a study published in Academic Psychiatry found this to be the case for up to one-third of graduate students at Emory and that 7.3 […]

Suspended Lives

Endangered minorities and linguistic pluralism in Italy In 1999, the implementation of act no. 482 finally created the opportunity to link linguistic minorities in Italy directly with local self-government. After the demarcation of their territories by the provincial councils, the linguistic minorities recognized by act no. 482 were granted the right to use their languages […]

Close Encounters of a Hairy Kind

Hair is something we think we know. Growing spontaneously from our heads, demanding attention throughout our lives, it is intrinsically bound up with our identities and biographies, our sense of who we are. We know it by its appearance, texture, and feel, its ability to frame and represent us or let us down. We are […]

When Black Boy Joy and STEM Don’t Mix

As a kindergartner with Black boy joy, Carter excitedly began public school wanting to become a scientist. Carter considered scientists “some of the smartest people on earth,” because they could create things. His dream was encouraged by his family and friends in public housing because, despite the demonization of his community, they wanted him to […]

SUNTA’s New Mentoring Lunches and Breakfasts at the Annual Meeting

With the help of a grant from the AAA, the Society for Urban National and Transnational Anthropology is launching its first annual mentoring program. The program is open to all graduate students or early career anthropologists who wish to discuss one of the four research, work, and career related topics listed below. We plan for […]