Removal of AMNH Statue

Editors’ note, Eighty years after it was granted pride of place at the entrance to  the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, the installation titled  simply “Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt” will be removed. The large bronze monument, which depicts an armed Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American figure on […]

USFSP Researchers Make Groundbreaking Discovery: the First Complete Ancient African Genome

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 8, 2015) – An anthropology team from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), Drs. John and Kathryn Arthur, have announced that after several years of excavation and research in southwestern Ethiopia, their work has resulted in an enduring discovery: the first complete ancient African genome. In 2012, an ancient […]

Petitioning the UN on Epidemics and Xenophobia

Please visit change.org to support this petition: In June 2015 The Bellagio Task Force on Epidemics and Xenophobia met to discuss the resurgence of xenophobia across the globe—one most recently prompted by fearful and unsympathetic responses to the Ebola epidemic and those afflicted communities and healthcare workers who returned home. The problem of xenophobia is […]

Gina Athena Ulysse on Sandra Bland

In a piece on Africa is a Country titled “Meditation on Sandra Bland’s self-possession, The Beatles and neo-Black codes of conduct,“ anthropologist Gina Athena Ulysse reflects on Sandra Bland. “The image of Sandra Bland I cannot get out of my head is her selfie wearing a blue Beatles t-shirt. Besides being professional black women with […]

Trademarking Racism: Pseudo-Indian Symbols and the Business of Professional Sports

In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a novel by the Spokane author Sherman Alexie, a basketball player at an all-White high school is the persistent target of racist slurs. “Chief” and “Tonto,” he is called, “Squaw boy” and “Redskin.” He also experiences the indignity of sharing the court with a caricature of […]

uncommon sense: There’s More to Uganda

In a small village in eastern Uganda, I sat on the porch of my host’s home. A retired head teacher, he has a rumbling, stentorian voice that commands authority. As we sipped tea, he looked over at me and asked: “Is it true that in your country it is legal for a man to go […]

Beer through the Ages: The Role of Beer in Shaping Our Past and Current Worlds

“Thirst rather than hunger may have been the stimulus behind the origin of small grain agriculture.” —Jonathan Sauer, 1953 “Man cannot live on beer alone. … Are we to believe that the foundations of Western Civilization were laid by an ill-fed people living in a perpetual state of partial intoxication?” —Paul Mangledorf, 1953 Doing field […]

Theaster’s Way: On the Art of Theaster Gates

The latest piece by Gina Athena Ulysse, from her commentary on the Huffington Post, offers an anthropologist’s take on the work of artist Theaster Gates. “Mississippi is my Africa” (AKRiFa. he wrote on the makeshift board). Misspelled? A pun? Who the hell knows? That was his response to being asked where is home and, “Where […]

Why Anthropology Still Matters: Faye V. Harrison

The latest piece by Gina Athena Ulysse from her running series on the Huffington Post, Why Anthropology Still Matters, offers an engaging look into the work of anthropologist Faye V. Harrison. “Needless to say, Harrison has shattered ceilings as the first Black person and only the second woman to take the helm in the history […]

Alan Greenspan and Anthropology

A couple of years ago I bumped into Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, in the lofty surroundings of the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival. As we chatted, the sprightly octogenarian declared that he was becoming interested in social anthropology – and wanted to know what books to read. “Anthropology?” I retorted, […]