Monthly Archives: November 2013

African Burial Ground National Monument

From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to … > Continue reading

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We Are Not a Minority

The mural was produced during one of the most active periods of the Chicano arts and civil rights movements. The mural was originally created in 1978 by El Congreso de Artistas Cosmicos de las Americas de San Diego (Mario Torero, Rocky, … > Continue reading

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Hamats’a coming out of secret room

Franz Boas posing for figure in US Natural History Museum exhibit entitled “Hamats’a coming out of secret room.” Circa1895. National Anthropology Archives.

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Doll Test

In the “doll test,” psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark used four plastic, diaper-clad dolls, identical except for color. They showed the dolls to black children between the ages of three and seven. When asked which they preferred, the majority selected … > Continue reading

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The Task Force

The Task Force is made up of a diverse group of anthropologists who represent the various subfields. We attempt to address issues of race, racism, and diversity in the discipline from the perspective of faculty, practitioner, and students. Below is … > Continue reading

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2014 -  Graduates 2012 Report: As Anthropology Doctorates Increase in Number and Diversity, So Do Financial and Social Support Needs for Graduates 2012 Audrey Smedley A Black Woman’s Ordeal at a White University Commission on Race and Racism in Anthropology. Washington, … > Continue reading

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The Task Force on Race and Racism in Anthropology is charged with collecting information and monitoring racial diversity in our discipline in order to support the development of a more diverse and inclusive profession. Part of our goal is to … > Continue reading

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