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Sarah Horton on COVID-19 Response Issues for Undocumented Populations

May 14, 2020

Sarah Horton, Associate Professor of Anthropology, weighs in on why public officials must open state and county emergency rental assistance funds to all residents, regardless of legal status. Guest Post: Provide Colorado's immigrant families rental relief Colorado Independent , May 1 She also writes that the federal stimulus payment program...

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Marty Otanez on the Status of Cannabis Workers During the COVID-19 Crises

April 30, 2020

Marty Otanez, Associate Professor of Anthropology, studies labor issues within the cannabis industry. "With cannabis companies classified as 'essential services' during COVID-19 in Colorado, cannabis workers are increasingly vulnerable due to limited or inadequate protective masks and unsafe physical distancing in workplaces," Otanez said. "... A related issue is how...

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Discussion of COVID-19 Impacts on Health Inequalities from Sarah Horton

April 30, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 continue to skyrocket in the United States, it is no surprise that pre-existing health inequalities are worsening. Sarah Horton, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Anthropology, with Whitney Duncan (University of Northern Colorado), published a blog discussing the measures required to avert a crisis in...

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Meat Eating Helped Make Us Human, says Charles Musiba

April 15, 2020

A long-standing claim is that we became human when we became carnivorous-omnivorous creatures. "Meat-eating has always been considered one of the things that made us human, with the protein contributing to the growth of our brains," says Charles Musiba, Associate Professor of Anthropology. Like Being Human? Thank Meat Science 2.0 , April 8

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Marty Otañez on child labor in the tobacco industry and safety issues in cannabis farming

June 18, 2019

The issue is not child labor per se,’ says Marty Otañez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. ‘We need to shift the landscape and look at how tobacco companies create the pressure that makes families feel they have no choice but to take their kids out of school and into the field.’...

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Jamie Hodgkins’ commentary on archeology’s role in history

June 18, 2019

Jamie Hodgkins, Assistant professor of Anthropology, says Archaeology is often assumed to be limited to the realm of the ancients. However, the point of archaeology is not to dig up static moments in time from long ago but to use material items to track the ebbs and flows of human...

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Hodgkins publishes on the shifting status of cultural symbols

May 7, 2019

Jamie Hodgkins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, writes: “In November 2016, a swastika was painted on an elementary school in my Denver, Colorado, neighborhood of Stapleton. As an archaeologist who specializes in identifying the remains of animals hunted by early humans, my work doesn’t often involve symbols. But after this event,...

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Beekman on repatriating artifacts

Nov. 29, 2018

Returning 2000 year old figures to Mexico requires not only proof that they are authentic but evidence they were brought into the United States illegally, which can demand lengthy police investigations. Christopher Beekman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, who has identified artifacts for the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian...

Colwell on threats to museums

Sept. 20, 2018

Chip Colwell, Lecturer in Anthropology, writes about how risks to museums are constantly evolving. Museums are locked in a constant struggle against decay and an almost absurdly wide-ranging array of natural and human threats. There's even a formal list of the evil-sounding "agents of deterioration" that museums use to evaluate...

Otañez on child labor in tobacco

July 19, 2018

Marty Otañez, Associate Anthropology Professor, said, "There is a disconnect between what company representatives say they do and what they actually do," he alleged. "In every segment during the tobacco production process, you find different magnitudes of child labour." Tobacco: activist investors pressure £20bn companies over child labour The Guardian...

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