AAA and Embedded Anthropology in the News: The New York Times filed this news brief on the AAA on anthropologists and the military. Unfortunately, the article is vague as to what the panel who released the report actually said, and related that most people interviewed requested anonymity. Too bad, the only people who are quoted are Robert Gates and Stanley McChrystal. Time Magazine also published a longer review of the report, and the broader context of anthropology’s history with state projects and colonialism. Christian Science Monitor also reported on anthropologists in the military.
Three Words You Didn’t Expect to hear in one sentence. ‘ Mr Bason said anthropology had become “hip” in the Government service in Denmark’ (my italics). In this short business article, New Zealand business managers get advice from Denmark, where civil servants have found their ‘inner anthropologist.’
Mythbusters, Rai Edition: Ted Swedenberg is preparing a manuscript on Rai music, and, in preparation, he has posted on hawgblawg a great piece on correcting journalistic and scholarly myths on rai music. It’s a great read, even if you haven’t heard of Rai or its mythologies before.
150 Candles: In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Origins of Species. Scientific American is (oh so) generously opening up a 2005 article on the legacy of Darwin, as well as a partial reading of the article on their podcast.
In Memoriam: Maximillian Forte posted a fitting tribute to the recently murdered anthropologist Richard Antoun.
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