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  • How do anthropologists continue to work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in today's fraught political environment_

How do Anthropologists Continue to Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Today’s Fraught Political Environment?

There is a targeted uptick in public and legal attacks on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the United States today. So, how do anthropologists continue to work in the DEI space? These attacks are pervasive, built into a broad conservative political-legal strategy; a backlash against efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. This backlash is, unfortunately, not historically unique. Rather, we have seen that amidst such challenges, diversity professionals have and will continue to reimagine how to conduct DEI endeavors. We continue to argue that anthropologists are particularly well-equipped to engage in DEI work, through their study of culture, systems, [...]

  • How Might You Hone Ethnographic Improv

How Might You Hone Ethnographic Improv?

Meet Andrew Marley. He is an organizational anthropologist, futurist, ethnographer, and researcher. For his MA project with the non-profit think tank, the Institute for the Future, he blended ethnography with forecasting, creating scenarios of alternative futures. I will talk about Andrew’s challenges fitting his broader ethnographic approach with the narrow definition of a UX researcher. He will share how he balances providing metrics with anthropological insight and how he reframes project questions to include an ethnographic lens. We will suggest trying out an Improv approach, and how to integrate that skill with developing your own pitch. Optum, his employer, is a [...]

  • Commission Meeting 07-20-23

Commission Meeting 07-20-23

The latest Anthropological Career Readiness Network meeting was held on July 20, 2023. In the meeting, the group covered several initiatives aimed at enhancing the career readiness of anthropology graduates. One of the key initiatives discussed during the meeting was the implementation of the Speakers Bureau. This platform facilitates valuable connections between professionals from diverse sectors, including technology, healthcare, and consumer research, and academic instructors. The primary purpose of this initiative is to arrange guest lectures and enrich the learning experience for anthropology students. In addition to the Speaker's Bureau, the meeting delved into the Network's newly introduced advisory program. [...]

  • The ACRN's 2-Year Anniversary Celebration A Resounding Success!

The ACRN’s 2-Year Anniversary Celebration: A Resounding Success!

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for the commemoration of the Anthropology Career Readiness Network's second anniversary. On Thursday, May 25 at 4pm ET, we came together virtually to honor two years of achievements and growth within our network. The event was a resounding success, as anthropologists from diverse industries and sectors united to reflect on our collective accomplishments and explore the promising path that lies ahead. We were honored to have Ed Liebow, the Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association, deliver a thought-provoking address on the future of our field. His insightful [...]

  • Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

Troy, MI, February 19, 2023 – The Anthropology Career Readiness Network announced a new name and updated logo as the grassroots professional group moves into a phase of accelerated outreach to anthropologists in all subfields.  Elizabeth Briody, Founder, Cultural Keys, LLC, and Riall Nolan, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, originally formed the Network as a volunteer-run commission of anthropologists charged with improving the preparation of anthropology students for the workforce readiness.  Nolan said, “We saw a need for better ways to approach current employment trends within anthropology. With more students entering non-academic jobs, anthropologists require new ways of marketing their talents [...]

  • Tim Malefyt on NY 1 - Vday Gift Giving Interview

Timothy Malefyt Dicusses Gift Giving on NY 1 for Valentine’s Day

  Recently, Timothy Malefyt appeared on NY 1 to talk about Valentine's Day and the act of gift giving. During the segment, Tim delved into the anthropological aspect of gift giving, explaining how gift exchange creates bonds of reciprocity. He pointed out that this applies not only to romantic relationships but also to business relationships. As an example of gift giving in advertising, Tim mentioned a Debeers Diamond commercial.

  • Career-related Sessions at AAA

Career-related Sessions at AAA

Lots of great career-related sessions and workshops are planned for the AAA Meetings in Seattle, WA (Nov. 9-13).  Here is a sampling: Executive Session, Live-Streamed: Unsettling Anthropology to Prepare Students: Career Readiness Commission Results, Recommendations, Implementation, , Nov. 9, 8:00 a.m. NAPA Session: The Unsettled History of the Future of Organizational Anthropology: An Engaged Roundtable Discussion, , Nov. 9, 2:00 p.m. NAPA/AAA Careers Expo 2022: , Nov. 10, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop: Translating Anthropological Knowledge to Practice in Medical Education, , Nov. 12, 8:00 a.m. Workshop: Going Up? Offering the Perfect Elevator Pitch!  , Nov. 12, 10:15 a.m. [...]

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