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Crisis in Higher Ed [USA], Part 1. Michael E. Harkin

This re-post looks at national politics and higher education in the US, although as we examine other countries’ situations (see other posts at cultura de papel) we can start seeing common patterns regarding the restructuring of universities and post-secondary education in general.  Harkin enumerates some of the major challenges that need to be addressed to prevent a significant deterioration (crisis) of higher education in the US.

Crisis in Higher Ed, Part 1.

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Important Changes are Coming to the US Census — NPR

“Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.

The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.

Potential options include eliminating the “Hispanic origin” question and combining it with the race question, new queries for people of Middle Eastern or North African heritage, and spaces for Asians to list their country of descent. One likely outcome could be an end to the use of “Negro.””

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Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race : NPR.

 

American Diggers Goes International « American Anthropological Association

Action Needed As American Diggers Goes International « American Anthropological Association.

The American Anthropological Association is supporting the petition of our fellow Spanish archaeologists to stop the airing of “Un Tesoro Bajo Tus Pies”, through Discovery MAX: http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/discovery-max-que-se-retire-el-programa-un-tesoro-bajo-tus-pies

This television series is the translated version into Spanish of “American Diggers”, produced by Spike TV, and that the AAA, along with other professional organizations, strongly opposed to, back in March of this year, as it wrongly represents archaeology as a treasure-seeking adventure. Committed to the scientific stewardship of the past, the AAA has sent letters to the corporate and international management of Discovery Enterprises inviting them to follow up the example given by National Geographic Channel and to initiate a similar dialogue with professional associations and archaeologists to promote an educated depiction of archaeology. But above all, the AAA has expressed its deep concerns about the potential looting and subsequent illegal trade that Discovery Enterprises are promoting around the world by airing “American Diggers” internationally, through their affiliated sister networks. We invite you to support this initiative and increase the voices expressing that the content of “American Diggers” is contrary to the ethics of archaeological practice.

Sandra L. Lopez Varela, Ph.D., RPA
Archaeology Seat, Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association

Anthropology news — The Work of Reichel-Dolmatoff and His Nazi Past

ACTUALIZACION (3DIC2012):

Artículos recientes continúan cubriendo esta importante noticia.  Aquí enlazo dos noticias adicionales, una de Los Angeles Times, y la otra del blog Ethnoground.

An anthropologist’s past steps out of the shadows, Chris Kraul

Putting the Reich back in Reichel-Dolmatoff: Nazi past of legendary Colombian anthropologist revealed, Glenn H. Shepard

 

Aquí reproduzco la reseña que hiciera del descubrimiento realizado por el arqueólogo colombiano Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo acerca del pasado nazi del fundador de la antropología colombiana Gustavo Reichel-Dolmatoff. Aunque no se ha divulgado la noticia en inglés anteriormente, al final del artículo encontrarán enlaces a otras coberturas en español. Gracias a Douglas Reeser por invitarme a publicar en su columna para Anthropology News, “Notes From the Field”.

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Notes From the Field – Legacy Under Fire

The Work of Reichel-Dolmatoff and His Nazi Past

At the beginning of August, a video was uploaded onto YouTube (read the transcript of the video) in which Colombian archaeologist Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo (University of Florida) presented conclusive evidence of the relationship between Gerardo (“Erasmus”) Reichel-Dolmatoff, the founder of Colombian archaeology and anthropology, and the Nazi regime. The video was recorded in Vienna (July 17, 2012) at the 54th International Congress of Americanists. Oyuela-Caycedo, student and follower of the work of Reichel-Dolmatoff could not contain his tears as he revealed one of the confessions made by the latter in a 1937 document entitled Confessions of a Gestapo Assassin, which described a series of murders that he perpetrated while a member of Hitler’s elite force—the Schutzstaffel or SS as it is commonly known. As it was pointed out in the video, this document appeared to have been written after Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff was expelled from the Gestapo due to “mental incapacity.” After being dismissed, the Austrian ex-officer spent a season studying in Paris before migrating to Colombia in 1939. The investigation that Oyuela-Caycedo presented at the Congress concluded that Reichel-Dolmatoff had been involved with the Hitler Youth since the age of fourteen, and his active participation continued within the SS until he was approximately twenty-five years-old. Other close paternal relatives were also Nazi officials, including his uncle, a professor of medicine and eugenics practitioner, and his cousin, who continued a prosperous career inside the SS, ultimately achieving the rank of Major.

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Desempaquetando la cultura en “Culture Works” — Arleen Dávila

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“… la esencia de este libro radica en el amor, la admiración y aprecio hacia los trabajadores de la cultura que he tenido el placer de conocer a través de los años, especialmente los artistas que trabajan a nivel comunitario que he conocido a través de mi investigación en Puerto Rico, las comunidades latinas de Nueva York y Buenos Aires. Todos trabajan con gran dificultad en estos tiempos tan adversos. Me refiero a un contexto donde la cultura se aprecia solo como un agente económico, o como una herramienta de desarrollo y donde solo se le valoriza por el dinero que genera, los artistas se miden por sus capacidades empresariales más que por el trabajo que hacen con y por las comunidades.”

via 80grados.net » Desempaquetando la cultura en “Culture Works”.