Browsing Archive: August, 2010

The Human Face of the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis

Posted by on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Public Engagement 

Suicides, divorce, anxiety attacks, depression, and displacement of children from homes and schools are not what we associate with the mortgage foreclosure crisis. But we should.  Instead of following the money, we should pay attention to the human side of the crisis.  

In this third year of the mortgage tsunami, while we debate about who profited and which federal agencies should have better monitoring, we ignore how people now choose between buying medicine for chronic illnesses and ...
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Kia Soul Goes to Far

Posted by on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Why Anthropology 

First you see the hoodies, a few gold chains, then you hear the sounds of hip hop grooves and beats. Then you see the faces of giant hamsters speaking in hip hop’s rhythmic vernacular about “This or That.”

There is no question that the voices behind the animals are intended to represent African American brothers kicking it in the hood.

While Kia’s website ( says that the animals are hamsters, if you don’t know the di...
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A Moment in Time: Reflecting on Thanksgiving 2009

Posted by on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, In : A Moment in Time