Well, first things first. Happy birthday to Strong, although it’s already past in Finland.
“Less Sexy” Indigenous People: Culture Matters and Gringo Tambo have collected a number of reports on harassment of indigenous people in Sucre, Bolivia’s other capital city. Jovan at Culture Matters was quick to point out the irony of this story breaking so close to the story on “undiscovered” Amazonians, aptly calling it the “less sexy indigenous story.”
AAA makes NPR: The AAA online project on Understanding Race was featured on NPR. Listen Here. In tangentially related news, new findings on genetic diversity among 2000 year-old remains in Denmark are being touted as conclusive counter evidence to the notion of purity of a Nordic race. (also here).
Alternet reposted a great article by Nir Rosen on the Ur district in Baghdad–a really interesting neighborhood study and analysis of urban politics.
Social Educating Sites? InsideHigherEd reported a couple weeks ago that Blackboard has a Facebook application. According to one Blackboard representative interviewed, the rationale was to get students to check Blackboard more often, since they associate that website with ‘work’ and facebook with recreation.
Spartans of the Plains: Literary Review published a review of Pekka Hämäläinen’s book on Comanche resistance to Spanish and U.S. colonialism. The reviewer accused the book of being too academic and jargony, but perhaps that won’t bother SM readers.
Tourists meet Immigrants. Immigrants, Tourists: I am not versed at all in academic studies of tourism or immigration, but one common complaint I’ve heard is that the two fields don’t often talk to one another. That’s why I found the photographs from Imogen Tyler’s article on ASA Globalog quite compelling. The article doesn’t directly address the relationship of tourists and immigrants, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.
Happy Fathers Day: So, SM is not endorsing a transcultural idea of fatherhood, but Slate’s photographs of fathers from around the world is pretty adorable.