anthropology, public health

Xenophobic narratives surrounding the coronavirus have spread as quickly as the deadly disease itself

Last Updated: 2/28/2020, 9:42 PM CST – Section on Chinese wildlife consumption. In the last few weeks, the coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has infected thousands around the world. As of February 27th, it has been responsible for almost 3,000 deaths and more than 80,000 cases over 50 countries. Escalating from a few isolated cases…

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Culture clash: Examining global trends of society, culture, and leadership during periods of global turmoil

Author’s note: This post is the fourth part of a series discussing ideas from Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. To read the previous post, click here. Undoubtedly, the World War II era was one of the most violent and turbulent eras in history. Resulting in…

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Digital eye strain in 2019: Problems, causes, and possible solutions

We Americans spend 42% of our hours awake connected to devices, a figure trending upwards over the past five years. Sound startling? It is—studies show that this increased digital time may be responsible for the recent rise in myopia and other visual impairments across the population. Is there anything we can do to prevent this? Perhaps more importantly, are such…

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Eugenics, intelligence, and superiority: How quantifying human value created a history of invisible violence

Author’s note: This post is the third part of a series discussing ideas from Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. To read the previous post, click here. Human intelligence and creativity are truly amazing phenomena, unique to us among billions of species. Indeed, these two traits…

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How museums today reflect an ethnological shift away from societal hierarchy

Author’s note: This post is the second part of a series discussing ideas from Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. To read the first post, click here. Museums—Torchlit hallways. Beautiful sculptures. Timeless artifacts. What’s not to love? From yellowing journals from the 16th century to dinosaur…

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The Neolithic Revolution: How did societies around the world come into existence?

Are you an anthropology nerd? If you’re anything like me, you might have pondered the origins of humankind over a bowl of cereal, absorbed in episodes of Civilizations. How did our society come to be? This very question has intrigued historians for centuries. Sure, we evolved from our primate ancestors into the Homo sapiens of today (read our previous post…

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Addressing another outbreak of Ebola in the DRC—what needs to be done?

Ebola. Just three days ago, an outbreak of this virulent infection was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic started in West Africa and has since resulted in the deaths of millions. Saying that progress is desperately needed is by far an understatement. Yet, from a policy-centered standpoint, it remains unclear exactly how we will…

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