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Thai Pottery Over Time: Learning from the Archives

This blog post was written by Supamas Snitwongse in fulfillment of a course assignment in Dr. Adrienne Pine's Craft of Anthropology I course (ANTH-601). Dr. Charles Nelson Spinks donated more than 1,000 books to the American University, most of which deals with ceramics from Japan and South East Asia. Dr. Spinks’s interest in book collecting began after he finished with his graduate work at Stanford and went to Tokyo to teach English and literature at the Tokyo University of Commerce. Here, I … Read More

“The Photo That Never Was”: War Journalism and Objectivity

This blog post was written by Sabrina Steele in fulfillment of a course assignment in Dr. Adrienne Pine's Craft of Anthropology I course (ANTH-601).  Nicaragua, 1984. The mountains of Nicaragua during the Sandinista Contra war. A teenage boy sits at the feet of two armed soldiers with another armed soldier in the background. His hands had been tied to the thick wooden post behind him, but the only evidence of his previous position is the rope around his right wrist. It’s hard to tell who is who … Read More

Letter in Protest of SORO

This blog post was written by MK Fuller in fulfillment of a course assignment in Dr. Adrienne Pine's Craft of Anthropology I course (ANTH-601).  The Special Operations Research Office (SORO) was a project developed in the 1950s as the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army and American University’s Anthropology Department professors and faculty. The goal of SORO was to use anthropological methods to study the culture of target societies, primarily in Latin America, in a bid to predict and … Read More