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Anthropologists Go Back to School

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To better connect the Annual Meeting with its host city, the AAA promotes Anthropologists Go Back to School, an initiative in which meeting attendees introduce elementary, middle, and high school learners to the discipline of anthropology. 

Since 2013, the program has offered age-appropriate, interactive activities that highlight all four fields. Its primary goal is to reach out to schools with high concentrations of students of color and students who will be among the first in their families to attend college. Presenters highlight the incredible contributions that anthropologists make to social justice and how anthropology can be an avenue to social change and a potential career path. 

Our goals are: 

  1. To promote anthropology as a tool of inquiry that enhances teaching and learning. 
  2. To expose students and teachers to the types of research questions we ask, as well as methods used to answer those questions. 
  3. To encourage the study of anthropology and increase the presence of underrepresented minorities in the field. All anthropologists are welcome to participate, especially those who identify with groups that are underrepresented in the field. 

Anthropologists Go Back to School was spearheaded by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, former president of Spelman College and Bennet College, and director emerita of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. “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.” 

How to participate: 

This year, Anthropologists Go Back to School runs alongside the fall event series, Raising Our Voices. The AAA is offering two ways for anthropologists to connect with schools: through a pre-recorded presentation on a topic relevant to students’ interests and a live Q&A with an anthropologist. 

To sign up your classroom or school, please complete the following form: http://americananthro.2020-Virtual-AGBTS-Sign-Up.sgizmo.com/s3/

To volunteer as a presenter, please complete the following form: http://surveys.americananthro.org/s3/2020-AGBTS-Volunteer-Sign-Up  

Questions about this program can be sent to Palmyra Jackson, Education Research Coordinator, pjackson@americananthro.org 



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