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Pure Logical Thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.” (Einstein, A. Ideas and Opinions (p.271). Crown Publishing Group. Anthropology, at its core, is known for its work in places that seem exotic and unknown. Yet, at present, there has been a […]

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As a section of the American Anthropological Association, NAPA reaffirms its commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and human rights. Further, in light of recent horrific events regarding the

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AnthroJobs of the Week, 15 January 2020

There are so many great and challenging opportunities for anthropologists out there that it was hard to choose which one’s to include in this week’s AnthroJobs! We have a grant-funded tech start-up researching the modern workplace, a research firm looking to up their game by interviewing industry experts, and if you speak Arabic and have […]

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November 8, 2019

I didn’t set out to become a filmmaker. Although I’ve had a camera in hand since I was a kid and made a documentary for a visual anthropology class, I mainly saw photography and filmmaking as hobbies and tools for sharing research.

This began to change in 2012. I was on a one-year visiting position, teaching cultural and methods at the University of South Florida where I’d received my doctorate in applied cultural anthropology the year before. I met filmmaker Jacob Okada and, for fun, gave notes on his documentary in progress about a NASA mathematician and artist. Then I helped run a Kickstarter campaign and write grants. By late 2013, I’d moved to New York, coordinated a cross-country interviewing trip, become a producer on Painting the Way to the Moon, and joined Jacob as co-owner of First Encounter Productions.


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In the aftermath of the Second World War, the administrations of presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and then Harry S Truman in the United States led in the construction of the liberal order – a set of international institutions agreed upon by nation-states. The goal was to sustain peace and prosperity in the decades after the devastation of the war, and in doing so prevent both communism and fascism from spreading.

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