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Anthropologists Go Back to School at Browne Middle School
Anthropologists in the Washington, DC area will go “back to school” November 28-29 to bring anthropology to life for middle school students at the Browne Education Campus. The fifth installment of the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Anthropologists Go Back to School (AGBTS) initiative will highlight the incredible contributions that anthropologists make including the role it plays in shaping corporate agendas, the portrayal of African Americans in anthropology, and how anthropologists study language.
Anthropologists Go Back to School was spearheaded by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, former president of Spelman College and Bennett College, and director emerita of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This year’s event co-chairs, biological anthropologist Rachel Watkins and cultural anthropologist Kamela Heyward-Rotimi, have assumed the charge to encourage anthropologists to bring the essential perspective of an anthropological education to America’s young learners.
“An education that teaches you to understand something about the world has done only half of the assignment,” Dr. Cole said. “The other half is to teach you to do something about making the world a better place.”
The 2017 AGBTS event, held in conjunction with the AAA 116th AAA Annual Meeting, will also feature presentations from Arvenita Washington Cherry, Michelle Coghill Chatman, Daniel Ginsberg, and Johnnetta Cole.
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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with 10,000 members, is the world’s largest scholarly and professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and applying this understanding to the world’s most pressing problems.