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February 20, 2020

AnthroDay Logo and February 20, 2020

The 2020 Anthropology Day celebration is Thursday, February 20. 

Anthropology Day is always held on the third Thursday in February. Why that particular day? We wanted to choose 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 US, 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. 

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