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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.
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
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”.
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.