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Anthropologist On The Street

Oct 25, 2017

By looking at the lives and changing politics of archaeologists studying New England shell middens, Dr. Kirakosian examines how meaning shifts over time, how knowledge is created, whose knowledge counts, and why responsible science means taking into account the power and perceptions of the people behind the research.

Aug 30, 2017

Transgender politics have been everywhere lately, from North Carolina bathrooms to Presidential tweets, and sociology doctoral candidate Brett Nava-Coulter explains why the category of transgender is both diverse and complicated, and why policy protecting transgender youth is so important.

Aug 23, 2017

Bioarchaeologist Dr. Sara K. Becker examines the patterns found on the skeletal remains of the Tiwanaku, a state that emerged in Peru and Bolivia 1000-1500 years ago. By understanding the life, labor, and health of the Tiwanaku people, Dr. Becker hopes to understand how such a large and ethnically diverse community...

Aug 9, 2017

To combat misrepresentation (and lack of representation) of South Asian cultures in American children’s literature, Sailaja Joshi founded Bharat Babies, an independent publishing house that creates books for young children, telling “stories about India's Heritage.” Sailaja talks about growing up Indian American,...

Jul 26, 2017

Filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk talk about kinship, gender roles, and parenting in their award-winning documentary. “The Guys Next Door” features Erik and Sandro, whose friend Rachel offers to be a surrogate for their two children. I sit down in a coffee shop with Amy and Allie to discuss how their film...