Disabled Lives

The Chinese Dream is the dream of our nation, our country, and of every single Chinese – and that includes all of our disabled friends.  This is the greeting Chinese President Xi Jinping sent to China’s disabled people as he met over 150 disabled peoples’ representatives at the Great Hall of People in Beijing two […]

A Firm Foundation for Empowerment

Summer Olympics, Women, and the MENA region This August, the Summer Olympics will be hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. The games of the 31st Olympiad will attract athletes from a wide range of sports, cutting across cultures and geographies. Women athletes from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will participate in […]

Professional Anthropologists Share Experiences at Annual Meeting

NAPA Careers Expo There are few opportunities for professional anthropologists to interact with students, recent graduates, new professionals, and faculty and have conversations about the range and complexity of careers in professional anthropology. Over the 10+ years of the Careers Expo, more than 400 professional anthropologists have participated and shared their career experiences and vision […]

Timbuktu Manuscripts: An Urgent Need for Digitization

Timbuktu is located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, immediately north of the Niger River, in present day Mali.  The city’s position, at the crossroads of what were once major continental and intercontinental trading routes, made it a historically important center of commerce, religion, and scholarship. Commercially, Timbuktu was the hub of a […]

Recommendations for Summer Reading

There are a couple of recently published books that, while not focusing solely on archaeology in North America, are good reads for those with an interest in the subject: Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson, and Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums by Samuel […]

Conversation, Not Coffee, is What the Heart Wants

Masculinities and Femininities of Public Space Coffee changed the public landscape in the 15th century when it started to make its journey from Yemen to the wider Middle East. The port town of Mocha in Yemen played a leading role in allowing coffee to embark upon new lands.  With a strategic location by the Red […]

Should Endangered Languages Be Saved?

The exact number of languages spoken in the world today is unknown, but it is undisputed that the number is declining at a high and accelerating rate.  Two sets of statistics are commonly reported.  First, of the approximately 6000 languages currently spoken, somewhere between 50% and 90% will have become extinct by the end of […]

Learning to Walk Behind Bars

The Treatment of Accompanied Children in Detention Over the past 30 years, immigration detention in the United States has expanded significantly.  In 1994, there were less than 7,000 individuals detained every day in immigration detention facilities, by 2012, over 34,000 persons were detained on a daily basis. These detention facilities range from spaces at county […]

In Celebration of Womanhood

May 16th has officially been declared ‘Kuwaiti Women’s Day’ in Kuwait and this year marked its very first celebration. The day is commemorative of two important events that gave women voice in the country.  On May 16th 2005, women in Kuwait won the right to vote and run for office. Exactly four years later on May […]

Advancing Critical Food Systems Education through Service Learning

In anthropology departments across the country, food systems courses are becoming increasingly prevalent. Their rapid growth makes sense, because of the significant overlap between the study of food systems and traditional areas of anthropological inquiry, such as food security, the anthropology of nutrition, and ethnobotany. Yet, despite anthropologists’ attention to cultural politics, food systems education […]