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    • By John Cook        Aug 2, 2011
    • FBI Investigated the Father of Modern Anthropology For Being a ‘Jewish International Communist’

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    • Knocking Anthropology? Gov's Daughter Has Degree
    • October 13, 2011

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  • Nov 07, 11

    In line with what we laid out in our last article, we have prepared for the public the relevant video clips, audio clips, PowerPoint slides, and transcript involving remarks made by Dr. Christopher A. King, Social Science Director of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, at a public conference hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, on September 23, 2011, along with comments made in response by Dr. David H. Price.

    • 07 November 2011
    • Human Terrain Mapping: It's Still Scary and Troubling

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  • Nov 07, 11

    What is especially troubling, however, is that Case Western Reserve University's School of Law is acting against academics and the wider public as a proxy censor for the U.S. Army, using whatever argument is conveniently at hand. Please remember that Dr. Christopher A. King is a government official, performing in his public capacities as a representative of the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System, at an event which Case Western Reserve University's School of Law confirmed in its email to Dr. Forte was a public event. Being a public event, and Dr. King being a public official, performing in an official capacity, it is therefore the case that no expectation of either confidentiality or privacy can be attached to his utterances. Even the very PowerPoint slides shown by Dr. King are all marked with the label: "UNCLASSIFIED" without any qualification (such as "Not for Distribution")--there is your "media release". Not even a mountain of signed or unsigned media releases, however, can change the fact that we are free to publish his statements, without impediment.

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      07 November 2011

    • Case Western Reserve University: Proxy Censor for the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System

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    • Weekend Edition November 25-27, 2011 
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      Anthropology's Shadow World of Debt and Despair  

      Student Loan Fury in the Occupy Movement

    • by BRIAN McKENNA

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      • Noted Political Anthropologist Marc J. Swartz Dies at 80 


         Marc J. Swartz, an American anthropologist and founding faculty member of the anthropology department at UC San Diego, died Dec. 14. He was 80 years old. 

    • Marc J. Swartz, a leading American anthropologist, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla of complications related to sepsis. He was 80 years old.

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      The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous research and to support postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.


      This programme is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and decision makers, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased accountability within a knowledge gathering framework. Bringing together the disciplines of medicine and the humanities to achieve these aims, the HCRI will facilitate improvements in crisis response on a global scale whilst providing a much needed centre of excellence for all concerned with emergencies and conflicts.


      The Institute is developing a novel configuration for research and teaching which will uniquely associate practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners, theoreticians, policy makers and analysts in sustained intellectual engagement. Combining a targeted programme of research with the provision of timely analysis on current emergencies, the institute will seek to develop new methodologies in the emerging field of humanitarian and conflict response research.

    • Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance MSc
      • Course Content


        Typical Modules

        The following modules are a selection and are subject to change.


        • Anthropology of International Development
            Main topics of study: introduction to international development; anthropology and the colonial encounter; anthropology as critical political economy: questioning policy, practices and perceptions of international development; development and the nation-state; development and indigenous knowledge; education and development; poverty alleviation and development; gender and development; anthropological perspectives on the environment; hidden livelihoods; economic analysis and the informal economy; international development and human rights.
        • Anthropological Perspectives on War and Humanitarianism
            Main topics of study: contemporary warfare and complex emergencies; humanitarian responses to contemporary warfare; origins of humanitarianism: from the founding of the Red Cross to Medecins Sans Frontier; war and ethnic violence; war, famine and scarcity; refugees and mass forced displacement; international criminal justice and humanitarian assistance; re-building war-torn societies. Ethnographic case studies from East Africa, West Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East will be used to engage with these topics.

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    • Thinking about Social Justice

      Monday, November 19, 2012
    • Built into the architecture of western societies and their socio-cultural and economic structures is a cumulative bias towards certain groups and worldviews over others. This bias resides in supposedly objective categories, knowledge, and laws that cloak the workings of power.




        For example, this bias can be seen in a racially-slanted legal system, the sexual division of labour, wage inequality, and the guise of supposedly neutral government policies and decision-making. For those interested in social change, one particular method for engaging such power is “social justice.

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      August 2012


      Worst College Majors for Your Career


      1. Anthropology

    • Unemployment rate: 6.9% 

      Recent grad employment rate: 10.5% 

      Median salary: $40,000 

      Median salary for recent grads: $28,000 

      Projected job growth for this field, 2010-2020: 21% 

      Likelihood of working retail: 2.1 times average  

      Many of today's anthropology grads are studying a culture they didn't expect: the intergenerational American household, as seen from their parents' couch. New anthropology majors face stifling unemployment, forcing nearly a third to take low-paying office or sales jobs. More dramatically, recent grads stand to make a mere $28,000 per year – less than the median pay for someone with only a high school diploma. If foreign cultures are your thing, a major in international relations promises both a higher salary and lower unemployment rate.
    • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

      The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has patterned their liberal arts programs after those found at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The degree programs are designed to train leaders in all aspects of society by providing a well-rounded education in social sciences, humanities, and sciences. The school prepares the student for the intellectual challenges that they will encounter in their life and career, regardless of their choice of profession. Today in most developed nations a liberal arts education is considered essential preparation for a career in business, government, education, the military – indeed, for any profession that requires advanced training. A liberal arts education constitutes the basic intellectual preparation for any form of high-level work, and provides the basis for more advanced training in other fields from mathematics or medicine to anthropology, philosophy, or teaching.

    • • Anthropology

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      • Daniel Pugh 

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         Acting Vice Dean at JSC Nazarbayev University 


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    • John Schoeberlein
    • John Schoeberlein is Lecturer in the Dept. of Anthropology, as well as Director of the Program   on Central Asia and the Caucasus under the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard   University, which he was instrumental in founding in 1993.  The program   coordinates activities at Harvard related to the study of Central Asia/Eurasia, extending from the Crimea and Caucasus to the Volga Basin,   Mongolia, Western China, Afghanistan and the former Soviet Central Asian republics.    His research focuses on identity, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion,   and community organization among the Islamic peoples of Central Eurasia.    He has conducted a total of over six years of anthropological field research   in various parts of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.  He received   his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.  He has taught   courses in the anthropology, history and politics of the region as Lecturer   on Central Asian studies at Harvard University since 1993.  During 1998-99,   he headed the United Nations' Ferghana Valley Development Programme, working   on participatory approaches to conflict resolution in the region.  During   2000-2001, he was Director of the Central Asia Project of the International   Crisis Group, working to diminish the possibilities of conflict in the region.    He regularly lectures internationally and in the U.S., with recent appearances   in London, Toronto, Baku, Bishkek, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Ankara, New York, Ann Arbor,   and Washington, D.C. (for information on some recent lectures:

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    • How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist

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