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Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by hosting an event in your community, on your campus, or in your workplace.
Visit our Anthropology Day Resources page to check out logos, activity suggestions, customizable templates and additional materials from the 2017 celebration.
Save the date! The 2018 Anthropology Day celebration will take place on Thursday, February 15.
Anthropology Day is always held on the third Thursday in February. No day or date is perfect, but why that particular day? We wanted to make certain that we chose a day when classes would be in session, both on university campuses and in secondary schools so that students would be prepared to participate. We also wanted to avoid religious holidays and national holidays as best we could. We attempted to avoid a few other events that would be seen as competing. International Archaeology Day has already been claimed on October 18. Here in the U.S., the National Humanities Alliance and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (AAA is a member of both) each hold an advocacy event in late March and the Museum Alliance holds their advocacy day in April. Canadian university terms end in April, and we felt that September was too early in the academic year for student clubs to be organized. November is when our Annual Meeting takes place, which places a large demand on AAA staff time. Finally, December is encroaching on the winter holidays and many students are busy preparing for final exams or are on academic breaks well into January.
We love hearing about the creative activities that participating groups come up with to spread the word about anthropology and celebrate the discipline. We've pulled together a list to highlights successful events that have been hosted by Anthropology Day participants. We hope that these ideas will assist you in planning and generating ideas to promote anthropology.