The following is a message from AAA Secretary Debra Martin:
Dear AAA Member:
As the Secretary of the American Anthropological Association, I am pleased to report to you the results of our latest ballot initiative. At the most recent annual meeting, a resolution was adopted at the business meeting by a quorum of members. This resolution, in short, asks that the AAA denounce the current human rights violations and support Hondurans that have resisted and continue to resist the June 28, 2009 military coup in their country. The resolution also calls for the support of efforts by progressive forces to facilitate a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the ongoing crisis.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the BBC?s brand new mini-series, The Virtual Revolution (subtitled: How 20 Years of the Web has Reshaped Our Lives), a series I intend to use in future teaching. It is informative, educational, visually striking, and thought-provoking. However, this would hardly be a blog if I merely sang its praises, would it?
The Andaman Islands are a string of islands in the Bay of Bengal that belong to India. For unknown numbers of centuries, many of the islands were inhabited by people who fished, gathered and hunted for their livelihood. During the 18th century, when European countries were expanding trade routes to east Asia, the Andaman Islands were of major strategic importance as a stopping place.
The February 15 edition of The New Yorker includes the Annals of Anthropology article ?Drinking Games? (p 70-76), by Malcolm Gladwell, highlighting the alcoholism studies work of AAA member Dwight B. Heath. The article includes comments from anthropologists Craig MacAndrew and Robert B. Edgerton as well.