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2020 OpEd Project Finalists Selected

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August 31, 2020

The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. Their “Write to Change the World” workshops are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Participants 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 they know to have a greater impact in the world.

The AAA finalists selected include members with a diverse background, a representation of the four subfields, and geographically located across a broad spectrum of the U.S. The finalists’ expertise also covers a range of topical issues, including international politics, migration, global health, environmental justice, health disparities, social injustice, and gender and racial inequities. This year we increased the selection to 20 finalists. Members selected for the 2020 AAA-sponsored attendance are:

Chip Colwell, Paul Stoller, Maria Vesperi, Richard Ashby Wilson, Hugh Gusterson, Lynn Stephen, Seth Holmes, Robin Valenzuela, Sindre Bangstad, and Nora Kenworthy have agreed to share the wisdom accrued through their own public writing experiences by serving as mentors to this year's cohort of participants. 

The overarching idea is to publish our anthropological scholarship and expertise so that our leaders and the public get the information and ideas they need to make the best decisions. OpEds aren’t the only answer, but they’re a great start to an increased public awareness of the important contributions made by our field.

Keep an eye out for their OpEds coming soon to a newspaper near you!

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