Anthropology Students Make Professor Burrell Proud. Winners of the Public Anthropology Award

Anthropologist Jennifer Burrell is researching Central American and Mexican migrant workers. (Photo Courtesy Jennifer Burrell).

Anthropology Students Make Professor Burrell Proud.
Winners of the Public Anthropology Award.

Ten students from Professor Jennifer Burrell’s Cultural Anthropology class participated in Public Anthropology’s Fall 2009 Community Action Project.  The competition involved over 4,000 students from 28 schools across North America and Emily Keneston, Jordan Schrock, Adam Cutspec, Aubrey Brooks, Patrice O’Connor, Daniel Gordon, Jessica Worthington, Emmie Suarez, Lily Honor, and Breeanne Thomas were winners of the Public Anthropology Award.  The students used a special software program that drew thousands of students together into an intellectual community.

Founder of the project, Dr. Robert Borofsky, praises Professor Burrell for taking classroom knowledge and leading students to apply it to real world challenges.  This is a writing project whereby students are provided with the thinking and writing skills needed to be active global citizens.  The ten students from Albany wrote opinion pieces that addressed the Yanomami, a well-known Amazonian Indian group.  The Yanomami are pleading for the return of their relative’s blood that was promised by researchers when taken from a research project in the 1960s.  Yanomami believe that all parts of a deceased Yanomami must be deposed of so the dead can leave this world in peace rather than be forced to remain here among the living, disrupting their lives.

Professor Burrell asked the students to decide whether students should encourage public institutions to keep their word or should these students leave this matter to others to decide?  Their winning pieces can be found at