Highlights include a session with prominent medical anthropologists discussing the dismantling of body parts, a session on a science-based understanding of race and human differences, several panels presenting food research and interesting sessions on the effects of globalization on women, on food, on violence, on corporate ethnography and on art..
Other presentations include violence among indigenous peoples in Latin America, struggles with modernity in Appalachia, the problems of Mexican migrants, humans and animals in hunting societies, and reindeer-herding in modern Norway. On Thursday there will be a debate on Chicago's No Child Left Behind policy. On Saturday, filmaker John Marshall, producer of the movie A Kalahari Family, will talk about his many years in the desert and the indigenous people he filmed.
The following is a sampling of sessions of potential media interest:
Real Bodies. Pretty Dirty Secrets. "how the body operates as raw material.Bodies are increasingly manipulated, sold, bought, exploited." Talks includes dismantling body parts of professional boxers in Chicago, kidney transplants in Brazil, the toll of crack cocaine, questioning the definition of Alzheimer's, and illustrating how the destitute participate in their own corporeal undoing in San Francisco. Includes Phillippe Bourgois, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Margaret Lock. (Thursday, 10.15-Noon).
No Child Left Behind: Lessons from a Chicago School. The discussion involves teachers, a scholar, Chicago Public Schoo
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