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  • Ann Popplestone
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      Academe Today's DAILY REPORT
      for subscribers of The Chronicle of Higher Education

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Tuesday, March 16.


      * NEW GENETIC EVIDENCE announced today by scientists may pose
      problems for the leading model of human evolution, which
      traces the origin of Homo sapiens to a single area of
      sub-Saharan Africa. Their results suggest that anatomically
      modern humans evolved after an ancestral African group
      divided into two geographically distinct populations.



      A glance at the March issue of "Prospect":
      The future of anthropology

      Nancy Hynes, a freelance writer, looks at the changing role of
      anthropology -- "the science of difference" -- at the dawn of
      the 21st century. Many anthropologists fear that globalization
      and the broadening of the concept of what constitutes a culture
      may signal the "end of anthropology" as a discipline, she
      writes. Anthropologists once visited remote regions of the world
      to study exotic tribes, for whom the term "culture" was
      reserved, she writes. Today, however, travel and technology
      bring faraway people "into homes around the world," and
      "culture" is used in contexts ranging from the "culture of
      disability" to the "corporate culture," writes Ms. Hynes. While
      anthropology may someday "become so much a part of the world"
      that it's rendered obsolete, she writes, its themes are still
      relevant. "At a time when the dominant political and
      intellectual trends -- whether globalisation or the new
      Darwinism -- tend to stress the sameness of world culture or the
      fixity of human nature," it's important to realize that not
      everything "means the same thing in every context," writes Ms.
      Hynes. "Hence increased globalism makes the detailed study of
      the local -- something anthropology does best -- even more
      important." The magazine's World-Wide Web address is

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