Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Anthropology Day has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and has grown from 70 participants in 2015 to an impressive (and enthusiastic) 340 campus anthropology groups/departments, high schools, museums and other organizations from around the world.
Registrants representing 14 countries, from Turkey to Taiwan, celebrated with a number of festivities and events, including a “diversity wall,” demonstration booths, lab tours, and film screenings. The day was also celebrated for the first time in Italy, as the University of Milano Bicocca hosted some 30 events and ended with “anthropological walking tours” in the districts of Via Padova, San Siro and Giambellino-Lorentaggio.
In the United States, the day was shared by 290 Departments/Clubs (including 28 community colleges), 20 K-12 Schools/Programs, and 30 businesses, museums, and other groups not affiliated with a university. The activities of SUNY students in Utica, NY, which included a Korean Cooking Workshop, were even covered by the local CBS News station.
You can find a complete list of activity suggestions on the AAA website at americananthro.org/anthroday activities. Join in on the fun and register your group for the next celebration, and be sure to share photos from your events on social media using #AnthroDay.
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