Policy Matters

A Preview of ASAP Panels at the 2017 AAA Meeting The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, will soon unfold alongside policy trends that reflect nationalist, xenophobic, and populist movements in Europe and the United States. The panels sponsored by the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) reflect these […]

A Protest Letter in Support of the Central European University

This open letter has been prepared by the directors of centers for East European, Russian, and Eurasian studies, among whom are anthropologists Susan Gal (University of Chicago) and Sarah D. Phillips (Indiana University). The AAA’s statement on the plight of Central European University can be found here. Dear European Parliament, European Commission and Government of […]

The Unwelcomed Guest

Early in April the faculty at Indiana University had a heated email discussion about Charles Murray’s visit to our campus. The co-author of the notorious The Bell Curve, he was recently the subject of a demonstration at Middlebury College. He was not coming to IU to discuss his earlier book on human population genetics, but […]

On Freedom, Academic and Otherwise

Though he doesn’t call himself a linguist or etymologist, legal scholar Steven T. Newcomb, co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute and author of Pagans in the Promised Land (2008), takes apart certain English language words, uncovering their roots and showing them to contain deeply seated logics. His main concern is the historical denial of a […]