Eric Silverman – Obama’s Mother, The President Of Afghanistan, And The Importance of Anthropology

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OnCampusblogs.wgbh.org. September 2014. What does the newly-elected President of Afghanistan and President Obama’s mother have in common?  Answer: anthropology.  Both Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Ann Dunham earned PhDs in Anthropology—she from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992, he a decade earlier at Columbia University.  And while this factoid might seem like the lead-in for the opening monologue on late-night television, it actually suggests something rather important for the future of global leadership.

According to Forbes magazine, anthropology is one of The 10 Worst College Majors .  In fact, it ranks at number one.  But Forbes, like many parents, understands the value of anthropology and higher education today solely in terms of paychecks.  Pity.  College is not a vending machine into which you plunk your change, pull a knob, and retrieve a candy bar—prepackaged, ready-to-eat, requiring little effort, initiative, or commitment.

Read more: http://blogs.wgbh.org/on-campus/importance-anthropology/

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