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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.

 

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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List of U.S. Student Protests Analyzed — Teacher Under Construction

From the original post:

“As I was preparing to speak at my recent and first! webinar this past Wednesday, “Elevating Student Voices,” I started reviewing some of the information I found that I wanted to discuss that night. With my List of 2012 U.S. Student Protests Regarding Education receiving 790 views, I wanted to go further in depth of those findings.Here is what I’ve found: The students aren’t stopping. When I published the list June 23, I found about 155 protests, that has increased into 178. The most common reason for student protests is in support of teachers and staff.”  — Stephanie Rivera

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via List of U.S. Student Protests Analyzed « Teacher Under Construction.

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”.