Graduate Student Detained in Iran: Esha Momeni, a graduate student in media and journalism and media studies at California State University-Northridge, was released on US$200,000 bail after being arrested and detained by the Iranian police after a minor traffic stop. The AAA Committee for Human Rights signed onto a letter for her release. You can read more about this story in the LA Times and on For Esha, a blog created by Momeni’s classmates and colleagues.
Now Hear This! We should probably also announce this, since anthropologi.info and somatosphere have already done so, AnthroNow has premiered with its first online edition. Its mission to bring sociocultural anthropology to a wider audience, and the featured articles discuss the U.S. military in Iraq, sexuality in the U.S., and Margaret Mead’s legacy as a public anthropologist.
In Defense of Public Intellectuals: Speaking of bringing ideas to the people, Daniel W. Drezner writes in the Chronicle of Higher Ed criticizing the lament of the public intellectual (or is it the loss of the publics of intellectuals?). Drezner’s comments are certainly provocative and well attuned to new media. Normally, I wouldn’t post this as it the Chronicle will be putting the article behind a paywall in a few days. But it’s worth checking out.
Brown’s student newspaper ran a nice article on military research on that campus and solicits opinions from various disciplines around the university, with a focus on anthropology. They also mention AnthroNow and Matthew Guttman’s and Catherine Lutz’s feature article on that site. (Notice a theme here?)
Economizing on Cultural Preservation: The NY Times reported that many in the United Arab Emirates are welcoming the world financial crisis because it will curb the external cultural influences of foreign business people and tourists.
23 Hours of English: Jane Simpson at Transient Languages and Cultures writes on the government of Australia’s Northern Territory’s recent moves to abandon bilingual learning in majority indigenous schools and limit instruction of those indigenous languages to one hour a day.