A Gift of Giving with PIFFT

November 4, 2016 Dear Members, I write with great excitement to announce the launch of the Palestine-Israeli Fellowship Fund for Travel (PIFFT), a project that emerged as one among eight actions AAA has taken in response to conditions on the ground in Israel Palestine. Recognizing those Israeli government policies and practices that inhibit Palestinian and […]

Reflections on Things Past and Present

With acknowledgements and apologies to Eric Wolf.   On November 16, the anthropologists of North America and across the globe will foregather in Minneapolis for the 115th annual meeting of our largest tribal union, the American Anthropological Association. The meeting marks the close of a remarkable year for anthropology and the Association, a time in […]

Doing Our Bit

“We all, as humans, have a responsibility to creatively offer something to the world. Not more than one person can. Just our bit.” Anthropologist Carolyn Nordstrom wrote those words in “The Bard,” her contribution to the edited volume Anthropology off the Shelf. I think often of Nordstrom’s wise words; they guide my life and work. […]

We Are Everywhere

The Adriatic is just as the tourism photographs want you to believe—a shimmer of deep blue water set against a lighter shade of cloudless sky. I got glimpses of the sea in between sessions during meetings of two international anthropological organizations: the Biennial World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) and the Inter-Congress of the International […]