Two day workshop on the current political landscape in the United States

14 Mar 2017

Since assuming the presidency, Donald Trump has courted controversy over pipelines infringing on Native American sovereignty, immigration, climate change, healthcare, and even torture – in just the first month alone. Wenner Gren, the principal anthropological research foundation, has awarded a grant to Eben Kirksey for hosting for a two-day workshop, on May 15th and 16th, 2017, to discuss the contemporary political landscape in the United States and consider how anthropological insights might inform Federal policy. Anthropologists in the #BlackLivesMatter and #NODAPL movements will come together with experts on Islamophobia, the military, reproductive rights, and medical anthropology to discuss intersectional politics. Kirksey is on the Executive Program Committee that will bring over 6,000 anthropologists to Washington D.C. in November 2017 for the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meetings. The May workshop will enable participants to discuss specific plans for engaging the AAA membership with policy makers during the annual meeting.