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Chip Colwell Explores Museums Holding the Remains of African Americans

April 15, 2021

Scholars and activists across the US are now seeking to recognize and redress the deep history of violence against Black bodies. Museums and society are finally confronting how the desires of science have at times eclipsed the demands of human rights, writes co-author Chip Colwell, Associate Research Professor of Anthropology...

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Sarah Horton Argues Mixed-Status Families Need to be Included in Stimulus Relief

Jan. 21, 2021

Sarah Horton, Professor and Graduate Program Director of Anthropology, recently published two op-eds urging the Biden administration to include all mixed-status families in a third round of stimulus. Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Relief, Too The Progressive , Jan 13 Provide Economic Justice to All Immigrant Families in Third Stimulus Bill The Hill , Jan 11

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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...