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Book cover of Experimental Beijing, by Sasha Su-Ling Welland
Duke press annoucement for a new book by Prof. Sasha Su-Ling Welland: "During the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the censorious attitude that characterized China's post-1989 official response to contemporary art gave way to a new market-driven, culture industry valuation of art. Experimental artists who once struggled against state regulation of artistic expression found themselves being courted to advance China's international image. In Experimental Beijing Sasha Su-Ling... Read more
Dan Eisenberg, associate professor at the University of Washington Department of Anthropology, weighs in on the experimental design of this study. Featured on The Scientist 
Holly Barker, a UW anthropology lecturer and advocate for Marshallese rights weighs in on new bill. Featured on International Examiner 
A Canadian scientist and amateur hunter has recreated the arrowheads used 8,000 years ago: narrow bone heads, composite bone and obsidian heads and pear-shaped flaked stone points JANICE WOOD/UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Janice Wood and Ben Fitzhugh's recent article in new Archaeological Science, showing how they reconstructed prehistoric projectiles and points from ancient sites in Alaska, has some buzz in the UK. Read about the reserach in the Times of London
University of Washington researchers re-created ancient projectile points to test their effectiveness. From left to right: stone, microblade and bone tips.Janice Wood
UW archeologists have re-created the weapons used by hunter-gatherers in the post-Ice Age Arctic some 14,000 years ago. Featured on UW News 
UW professor Holly Barker on the lasting health impacts of mid-20th century U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Featured on The Islander 
When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story. While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, their arrival in Australia has been less clear. Scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes, and the means of migration out of Africa. Ben Marwick (top) and others excavating the lowest reaches of... Read more
"Mistreated: The Political Consequences of the Fight against AIDS in Lesotho" Book Cover
Author: Nora Kenworthy A critical ethnography of global health initiatives, showing how, even as they save lives, they can usher in new forms of disenfranchisement for citizens in African states. As global health institutions and aid donors expanded HIV treatment throughout Africa, they rapidly "scaled up" programs, projects, and organizations meant to address HIV and AIDS. Yet these efforts did not simply have biological effects: in addition to extending lives and preventing further... Read more
cover of the book "Mexican Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements"
EDITED BY DEVON G. PEÑA, LUZ CALVO, PANCHO MCFARLAND, AND GABRIEL R. VALLE “We live in a time when a handful of global corporations and philanthrocapitalists are pushing for a nonsustainable, unjust, unhealthy, and undemocratic model of ‘One Agriculture, One Science.’ This paradigm is based on GMO monocultures and patent monopolies on seed and knowledge. This volume offers a diverse chorus of insightful voices from farmers, cooks, seed savers, plant breeders, organizers, farm workers, and... Read more
Professor Emeritus Edgar "Bud" Winans
Edgar "Bud" Vincent Winans (1930 – 2017) Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington died July 14, 2017. Bud was an internationally recognized scholar and teacher, expert on African culture, politics, and economy. For half a century, Bud was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. During his long career, he was one of the first American anthropologists to concentrate on East Africa, and saw many African countries... Read more