R.I.P. Paul Farmer, Pioneer of Global Health #Anthropology roundup

Dr. Paul Farmer speaking with an H.I.V. patient, Altagrace Cenatus, at a Partners in Health hospital in Haiti in 2003. He worked to provide quality health care to some of the poorest people in the world.Credit…Angel Franco/The New York Times

Paul Farmer

Paul Edward Farmer (October 26, 1959 – February 21, 2022) was an American medical anthropologist and physician. Farmer held an MD and PhD from Harvard …

Rows of wooden tables with lamps and wooden chairs line a white stone hall with four tall pillars at the entrance and a blue and white ceiling with glass skylights.

On February 4, The Harvard Crimson broke the news of an open letter, signed by 38 faculty members, in support of John Comaroff. This prominent professor of anthropology and African studies had been placed on unpaid administrative leave two weeks earlier following a university investigation that had found him responsible for violating sexual harassment and other professional conduct policies. Another open letter had been published the day before in The Chronicle of Higher Education, with 55 more names of higher education faculty and others from around the world supporting Comaroff’s assertion that the accusations were all just a result of a single, misunderstood incident.

 

Margaret Mead Imagined Different Futures

A person wearing a navy tie and jacket, and a person wearing a blue patterned shirt and blue jeans crouch down next to a seated person wearing a blue-and-white suit and holding a cane.

 

Anthropologist Margaret Mead (center), actor Robert Redford (left), and historian Lola Van Wagenen (right) attend “A Future With Alternatives,” a symposium held in 1978 in New York City. Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

In the face of climate disaster, a continuing pandemic, and endless global conflict, it’s difficult to be optimistic about the future. Researchers in psychology have marked a sharp upswing in “eco-anxiety” among young people. Surveys show that most people in the U.S. believe life will get worse over the next 30 years. None of this is surprising. The future isn’t shaping up to be something many people look forward to.

What Chimpanzees Know About Giving Medicine

Four chimpanzees sit on a rock in front of trees. Two have one arm in the air and their hands are clasped.

 

Chimps exhibit unique behaviors in different communities, such as these who clasp hands while grooming one another. P. Gagneux/GMERC

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons.

The chimpanzees of the Rekambo community in Gabon, West Africa, never fail to surprise. For a start, they are known to kill and eat tortoises, which sets them apart from any other community of chimpanzees. Now they have been seen displaying another unique behavior—one which has never been seen before despite many years of painstaking research.

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