Collective Statement: What is the Anthropological Endeavor for the 21st Century?

Editorial Note: In this collective statement, Crossroads presents the thoughts of undergraduate students from ANTHRCUL 222, “The Comparative Study of Cultures,” from the Fall 2023 semester, taught by Prof. Alyssa Paredes. This statement is part of our organizational effort to encourage conversations that are vital to anthropology. The students wrote statements in response the question:…

Waste Management and the Protection of Privilege: Ethnographic Study at College Recycle Yard

by Celestine Mingle 14 March 2023 Ethnographic Narrative It was drizzling out and the ground was muddy as I walked to the recycle yard at 10am on the 23rd of February. I crossed through the gates to the recycle yard, separating the space from the rest of the campus. Within the gates were many bins,…

Sabrina Benedict and Reproduction of Cure

By Akhil Mulgaonker Introductory Note I am examining an image from the New York Times news article, “Sabrina’s Parents Love Her. But the Meltdowns Are Too Much.” (Goldstein) For the remainder of this paper, I may refer to the New York Times by its abbreviation, NYT. The article is written by Joseph Goldstein, who covers…

The Display Case: A Reflection on Taxidermy in Natural History Museums

by Addison Yerks Pic: (Siberian Tiger Exhibit in the Hall of Biodiversity | AMNH n.d.) Introduction Many natural history museums exist in the United States, several of which are home to higher education institutions such as the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH). One of the goals of this museum is to educate…

Slothful: Lethargy is Not Acceptance and Silence is Not Consent

by Laurel Petrides15 November 2023 Millions of years ago, sloths roamed the earth as twenty foot tall silent giants – one of the world’s largest roaming land mammals. Over centuries, they receded into the trees to become the inconspicuous, passive creatures we know today. The Creature Conservancy presented us with Poco the Sloth, a perfectly…