Anthropology roundup: R.I.P for Vale Anthony Wallace and Raymond Smith

Vale Anthony Wallace and Raymond Smith

I couldn’t let this week slip by without mentioning the passing of two great anthropologist: Raymond T. Smith and Anthony F.C. Wallace.

Raymond T. Smith was a social anthropologist who earned his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1954 at Cambridge, where he worked with Meyer Fortes. His work focused on the Jamaica, Guyana (then British Guiana), Trinidad, and Chicago. For most of his career he taught at the University of Chicago, and the best short summary of his life can be found in the UofC’s finding guide to his papers. Something like a CV can be found on his personal website as well.


Pseudonyms 2.0: How Can We Hide Participants’ Identities When They’re on Pinterest?

It has been standard practice in anthropology to change the names of the people and places we analyze, but recently scholars have been questioning the necessity and even possibility of keeping participants anonymous, especially when they already have a social media presence. In this post, I share what I did to anonymize my research site and participants, and I do my best to start a discussion about the broader issue of anonymization now that detective work can be as simple as plugging a few search terms into Google.

Eating in the Side Room Cover

Review of: Warner, Mark S. 2015. Eating in the Side Room: Food, Archaeology, and African American Identity. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Trump or Treat: Lessons in Anthropology
Huffington Post
“It could happen. Trump could get elected. Hitler was elected, you know,” said an older friend of mine. My friend and I were sitting in a college classroom where we are taking a class together in anthropology and photography. It’s the first time that I

Science & Society: A new chapter in physical anthropology
Daily Herald
Following physical anthropology is often frustrating: a new fossil find is rumored or even superficially publicized, but it can be years before the scientific analysis is published. A key reason for this is that researchers tend to keep their .

John Brett
University of Colorado Denver

As a Denver native and passionate eater of foods, what follows is my personal, if a bit quirky, list of places I would send my friends and colleagues to eat and drink while visiting Denver.  There’s no easy way to organize something of this nature but I’ve added some headings to provide some idea of where things are.  I suppose as a Coloradoan, I should include something on our recently legalized intoxicant but I can’t for lack of experience, but I would refer you to the Cannabist, developed by the Denver Post which has a lot of news and reviews and the number of shops rivals Starbucks in their density (the basics: you have to be over 21 to purchase, can’t consume it in public spaces, and can’t take it with you…).

The Denver food scene is big, complex, a bit weird, but really fun so find some time to explore.  Most of the restaurants are walking or short taxi ride from the convention center but I’ve included some stellar neighborhood restaurants as well.

The Suprising Ways Anthropology Impacts Our Lives
UWM Today’s Tom Luljak talks with Thomas Malaby, chair of UWM’s anthropology department, and John Richards, director of the UWM Cultural Resource Management program. Periodically, we hear stories about construction projects in our area that are put …

The Anthropology in Marketing
Business 2 Community
Understanding the bigger story around why a customer says ‘yes’ is a study in anthropology. To many, the term anthropologyconjures up visions of ethnographic studies of indigenous tribes, but the scope is actually much broader. Anthropology includes ..

Modern humans in China ~80,000 years ago (?)

Another (?)-worthy paper has just appeared in Nature in the heels of the African ancient genome paper. Time will tell how these worldview-altering discoveries will change the story of Mankind, and a degree of skepticism is warranted. In the view I’ve held for a few years, modern humans expanded to Arabia before 100 thousand years ago, started leaving it 70 thousand years ago as the ecological situation worsened due to desertification and broke through the “Neandertal barrier” between 70-50 thousand years ago when they developed the skills and technology to overcome them.

The Anthropology of Evil announced at Temple
Staunton News Leader
Staunton. The Anthropology of Evil announced at Temple. Temple House of Israel, 15 N. Market St., will offer a six-session course “The Anthropology of Evil” for ages 18 and older from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 through Nov. 18. Instructor Stephen Kennamer

Eight Questions and Seven Theses about Force Multipliers

“Force multipliers: Machines which allow a small effort to move a larger load are called force multipliers. Some examples of force multipliers include: a crowbar, wheelbarrow, nutcracker, and bottle opener. The number of times a machine multiplies the effort is called its mechanical advantage. The mechanical advantage of a machine is the number of times the load moved is greater than the effort used. Mechanical advantage (MA) = load/effort.” (Avison, 1989, p. 109)

Divrei Azriel:Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Philosophical Anthropology
Arutz Sheva
In his famous essay, The Lonely Man of Faith, “The Rav,” Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, our great spiritual master in Yeshivat Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchanan, New York, tells the tale of two Adams, i.e., two distinct and fundamental, yet conflicting, facets

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