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The Op-Ed Project – It’s On Us!

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Call For Papers - Truth And Responsibility - November 18-22, 2020 - Updated New Submission Deadline: May 15

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May 15, 2019

“Whoever tells the story … writes history”

This is a good time for anthropology. Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling civilization’s most pressing problems. We have a world of information the world needs to know, and now there’s an opportunity for you to add to the national and international conversations that affect all of us.

This fall, the American Anthropological Association is offering, on a pilot basis, up to 12 members the opportunity to take part in one-day “Write to Change the World” workshops organized and facilitated by  – a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices. They are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources and connections with stunning results.

Programs are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways. You will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to a national network of journalist mentors for individual follow up.

The AAA will make this opportunity available to 12 members. Visit the OpEd Project website for the full list of available dates and cities.

Expenses for those selected include registration fees and travel reimbursement for the workshop. AAA will also arrange for special “coaches/mentors” to provide participants with feedback on topics, drafts, and placement choices post workshop.

To be considered, please submit by June 30:

Please send all information to .

It’s time we published our anthropological scholarship and expertise so that our leaders and the public get the information and ideas they need to make the best decisions. Op-eds aren’t the only answer, but they’re a great start to an increased public awareness of the important contributions made by our field. As the Op-Ed Project states, “We believe the best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and change the world.”

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