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What is Anthropology Day?

Celebrate. Engage. Inspire. 

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 including our K-12 and Community Outreach Toolkit. 


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When is Anthropology Day?

The 2023 Anthropology Day celebration is Thursday, February 16. 

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. 

Unessay Competition 

AAA invites 6th-12th grade students to participate in this year's AnthroDay Unessay Competition. This year's unessay competition focuses on transitions. Winners will receive a $50.00 gift card and their pieces will be published on the Anthropology News website

Learn more and find out how you can enter this year's unessay competition.

Submissions for this year’s contest are now closed. Please check back in January 2024.

2023 AnthroDay Events
Plan your event!

The primary goal of Anthropology Day is to share the wonders of anthropology with the world around us. For that reason, we strongly encourage individuals and groups to plan events that engage the community outside of their own department or club. The Anthropology Day resources page includes some great information to help organize those kinds of events. We have programming tips for campus groups, museums, workplaces, and K-12 teachers as well as a newly updated K-12 and Community Outreach Toolkit to help participants plan events that share anthropology with a wider audience. 


Official AnthroDay Participants
Connecting the Dots: AnthroDay Journal Club

Please join us on Anthropology Day, February 16, from 7:00-8:30 PM ET for a AAA-hosted virtual journal club! It’s an informal space to meet new people and learn together about cutting-edge scholarship in anthropology. 

For this inaugural event, we are excited to discuss “Bringing Your Full Self to Work”: Fashioning LGBTQ Bankers on Wall Street by Spencer Kaplan, which came out last year in Anthropology of Work Review. This piece uses anthropological methods to explore identity and practices of self-cultivation within capitalist systems. Through ethnographic research, Kaplan explores diversity and inclusion amongst LGBTQ employees on Wall Street, exploring the relationship between one’s identity and one’s position as human capital, and asking what it means to “bring your full self to work.”

All anthropologists and anthropology enthusiasts are welcome to attend; no specialized subdisciplinary expertise is expected. Even if you’re not a AAA member, registration is free, and the article is available open access. Join us on February 16 to take a deeper dive! 

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Join the Conversation

#AnthroDay Tweet-A-Thon 

View the Tweet-A-Thon schedule here!

Join us on February 16 to discuss all things anthropology! 

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