So, yesterday Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly announced that international students on F-1 or M-1 visas will be required to leave the US, if their courses go entirely online in the fall. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in [online only] programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as… Read More On Revoking Student Visas. Or, what it feels like when the secret fear that organized your immigrant life becomes a reality.
This is part of a series of posts on the abuse of power inherent to academia as a profession, and what we could do to reimagine and rebuild a more just, anti-racist university. Read parts one and two. Although I have tenure now, as a new, African American faculty member I know I was strongly advised… Read More Abolish Tenure, and Replace it with a 40 Hour Work Week
This is part of a series of posts I plan to share, on the abuse of power inherent to academia as a profession, and what we could do to reimagine and rebuild a more just, anti-racist university. Read part one here. Much of the research I have done over the last two decades on academic… Read More Fuck Genius. Everyone In Academia Should Be Replaceable
This is the first of a series of posts I plan to share, on the abuse of power inherent to academia as a profession, and what we could do to reimagine and rebuild a more just, anti-racist university. Read part two, “Fuck Genius”, here. The Harvard Anthropology sexual abuse scandal doesn’t stands apart from the… Read More Academia Can Be Fixed, But It Will Be Painful
Sexual harassment and gender discrimination in Harvard Anthropology On Friday afternoon the Harvard Crimson published the results of an eight-month long investigation into sexual harassment and gender discrimination in Harvard’s anthropology department. It focused on three very senior men: Gary Urton, an Andean archaeologist; John Comaroff, a socio-cultural anthropologist who was at UChicago for most… Read More The (alleged) Sexual Assault at Harvard Anthropology is Shocking, but Not Surprising
Yesterday I floated the idea that essential workers deserve their own version of the ‘GI Bill’. Essential workers on the front-line of the Covid-19 pandemic will, in the months and years to come, be disproportionately traumatized by what they have experienced and endured. Today I want to throw out some ideas on what that could… Read More Covid-19 Essential Workers Deserve a G.I. Bill
Past global crises, particularly the devastating world wars of the last century, can teach us a lot about long term impact of trauma, both on those who are on the front-line and those ‘left behind’ at home. What makes this pandemic different to those wars, however, is that it will be predominantly women who fight… Read More The Gender of a Pandemic
There’s a couple of documents circulating, whereby academics can sign up to guest lecture for colleagues during this crisis. The idea is that, if you are too sick to teach your college-level class or are taking care of sick dependents, you can find and arrange for someone else to do it. I get that this… Read More Academics Are Workers Too. Use Your Damn Sick Leave
There are brief moments these days, where I suddenly realize the scale of what is happening, the full global horror of it all, and I am stunned. It’s too enormous to hold in my mind all the time. But at unpredictable moments, something cracks through my hazy feeling that this is just one long weekend… Read More Not Shock: Can We Take This Crisis And Make A More Humane Society?
The incredibly transformations in society that have been brought about by Covid-19 are stunning. In our medical anthro seminar yesterday, we talked with our students about the difference between rapid changes and gradual changes. The text we were discussing, Virtuous Waters by Casey Walsh, was describing a change in how doctors and scientists understood the cause… Read More Teaching about change, while feeling whiplash