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AnthroCurrents – January 23, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

  • Music communicates a lot—next time you’re watching a movie, pay attention to the way music directs its audience.  But research conducted by anthropologist Nathalie Fernando and neuroscientist Stephen McAdams will probably convince you that music is not a universal language. There are still people in Democratic Republic of Congo that are not freaked out by the theme to Psycho.
     
  • Anthropologist John R. Bowen writes in Time about French social and historical characteristics that set the stage for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – January 9, 2015

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – December 26, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – December 12, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – November 28, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – November 14, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Food

  • Anthropologist Elizabeth Bennett started Fruitcycle after visiting an orchard and seeing all the fruit left to rot on the ground. Her company takes fruit that would otherwise be wasted and turns it into apple chips.
  • Rhode Island Public Radio covered the Southern Seed Legacy Project and talked to its director, anthropologist James Veteto (and one of my former professors). The project supports and encourages seed saving to protect the diversity of heritage crops.

Medicine

AnthroCurrents – October 31, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

AnthroCurrents – October 17, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

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NAPA Career Profiles: Suzanne Hanchett from Planned Alternatives for Change LLC.

Suzanne Hanchett considers herself to have had four careers, spanning over the course of the last 40 years. Starting out as an academic anthropologist after receiving her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1970, she found herself denied tenure after 9 years of teaching, leaving her “casting about” as she considered her next career move.
“The reasons are still unclear to me, but I do not think I was very smart about office politics. I did not have good advice from my seniors, or if I did, I didn’t take it. Perhaps I didn’t choose the right place to teach. India was… Continue reading

NAPA Career Profiles: Robert Winthrop

NAPA Profile - Rob Winthrop PhotoDisclaimer: The views expressed are the author’s, and do not represent the policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Robert Winthrop is Senior Social Scientist at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington, DC, where he leads the Socioeconomics Program. Before his arrival at the BLM in 2002, Winthrop operated an anthropological consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. His areas of expertise include social impact assessment, environmental justice, natural resource policy, cultural rights, and the human dimensions of climate change.

“At the BLM I lead a team that applies the social sciences to… Continue reading