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AnthroCurrents – October 16, 2017

Hey all, sorry for the sudden radio silence and lack of posts.  I know there isn’t a reason good enough to have abandoned you all so recklessly, so without further adieu… As I’m sure most of you know, Anthropologist Jason de Leon was recently awarded the MacArthur Genius award.  Check out this video about his work and read about other

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2017: Zelda Harrison and Sophie Goodman

NAPA is happy to announce that Zelda Harrison has been named NAPA’s Volunteer of the Year! Zelda launched and has been instrumental in developing NAPA’s Facebook page (, which is a prominent “public face” of NAPA. Also receiving a Special Recognition from NAPA is Sophie Goodman, who is Zelda’s partner in keeping the Facebook content lively and current. [Excerpted from

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AnthroCurrents September 7, 2017

A fascinating read about Canadian university’s efforts to decolonize education, including topics typically considered “neutral” such as design.  The article includes highlights from design anthropologist Dori Tunstall who is infusing indigenous awareness, history and unconscious bias education into design curriculum.  The student examples are powerful representations of how we can reimagine education and design by understanding other worldviews. I’m pretty

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AnthroCurrents August 23, 2017

For those of you who haven’t read enough about the solar eclipse, anthropologist Christine Boston talks about how cultures interpreted a solar eclipse & NPR discusses the role of solar eclipses in religion. An anthropologist’s take on happiness research. Anthropologist Karen Stephenson is studying social networks, soft power & trust in the Heartland that are getting things done. Anthropologist Kirill

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AnthroCurrents August 3, 2017

A case for applied anthropology PhDs.  The struggle is real.  Are you one of these PhDs? Do you have a master’s a decided not to get a doctorate?  We’d love to hear your stories. Big data is thin.  Make it thick with ethnography. A fun, ethnographic read about how cooking on open flames can teach you to trust your intuition. An

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AnthroCurrents July 19, 2017

This edition of AC is a bit fluffier than most–both in content & volume.  But it’s summer and that’s what we care about, right? The sodastream commercial above features an anthropologist. Speaking of videos, happy national hijab day (July 9). We’ve got an analysis of the hijab’s changing role in fashion, identity & consumerism.  And applied anthropologist Melissa Rinehart writes

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AnthroCurrents – Summer Break

Hi there news junkies.  I wanted to let you know I’m taking a little break to get out & enjoy all that is summer.  AnthroCurrents will return on July 19th. In the meantime, you can follow me on instagram @anthrofoodie if you want to know what I’m up to.  Like kayaking with whales (!!) See you soon!

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AnthroCurrents June 21, 2017

Have you heard of netnography?  Are we limiting culture to digital means or are we expanding the definition of cultural artefacts? Is Instagram the new cultural landscape?  What role does big data play in anthropology?  I found this both fascinating and dubious. Slow Anthropology in the Age of Trump. Going on a summer road trip?  Check out this bucket list

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AnthroCurrents June 7, 2017

If you haven’t yet, you should check out the new season of the Invisibila podcast.  The first 2 episodes feature Renato Rosaldo and his discovery of a new emotion. One anthropologist photographs the bathtub marys of Sommerville, Massachusetts. Business anthropologist Martha Bird shares her perspective on what anthropology brings to designing new technologies.  Do you think anthropology lends itself to

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AnthroCurrents May 24, 2017

Fixing corruption is just one of many results a new development consulting firm in Bangladesh has accomplished.  The startup boasts anthropology and design thinking are the keys to sustainable solutions to real-life problems.  Pretty cool. This article is basically saying you can get a degree in anthropology…as long as you work in computer science rather than education.  Mostly for the

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AnthroCurrents May 10, 2017

  Ever heard of neurodiversity?  Anthropologists are studying how workplace culture, norms and beliefs are changing to be more inclusive of autistic employees. Anthropologist T. N. Pandit shares a heartfelt reflection of regret by for his role in encouraging remote hunter-gatherer tribes of the Andaman Islands contact with the outside world. For those of you getting ready to graduate soon,

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AnthroCurrents April 27, 2017

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi was arrested for cyber harassment when the government changed their minds about giving free sanitary pads to girls who miss school during their period because they cannot afford them. This haunting exhibit of items U.S.-Mexico border crossers leave behind forces visitors to see the ‘contemporary calamity’ we many times find easier to ignore. Anthropologist

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