On May 20, 2015 the US House passed the America Competes Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), which if passed into law would cut NSF social sciences funding – including archaeology – by 45%, It was read in the Senate May 21 and is now in Committee. Information and tracking for the bill’s progress is here. Write your Senator and voice your opposition here.
The CIAMS faculty and staff wish all the best to Cornell students being graduated with Archaeology Majors and Master’s degrees in Spring 2015
The Undergraduate Majors are Morgan Michel-Schottman, Alexander Morgan, Eliizabeth Napper, and Zachary Peterson.
And the Master’s in Archaeology are William Breitweiser, Cynthia Kocik, Nicholas Lashway, and Katherine Seufer.
Congratulations, and good luck to all of you!
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As many of you will know via messages from various societies, next week Congress will debate a bill – America Competes Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) – which if it were to become law will cut NSF social sciences funding – i.e. including archaeology – by 45%, i.e. destroy its support from its already rather pathetic level. This is back to the issue of the past 18 months and is again led by Lamar Smith (R, Texas).
Please voice your opposition by calling or writing your representative; you can also send a message to Congress here: http://www.cossa.org/advocacy/take-action/.
[You will know this worked when you receive a form-letter response from your Congressman]
Some information via the Consortium of Social Sciences (COSSA) is available at: http://www.cossa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/House-COMPETES-Analysis-April-2015-2.pdf?utm_source=Need+for+Immediate+Action%3A+Potential+NSF+Cuts&utm_campaign=NSF+eBlast&utm_medium=email
As last time (late 2013-2014) we should all look to find ways to oppose and to ARGUE why this is bad thing – versus just be against or say ‘bad Republicans’. In particular we should advocate ‘why Archaeology’ as our part of this campaign.
Please write to your Representative.
Last year this worked for our local Republican. Doing nothing will only assist in the destruction of what little federal support there is for archaeology – so please react.
With the generous support of the Hirsch family, this Spring CIAMS awarded over $15,000 for archaeology-related travel to Cornell undergraduates and graduates, and over $15,000 to graduate students for archaeological research projects. These funds will help Cornell archaeology students work around the globe, in New York, Belize, Italy, Georgia, Israel, Tunisia, and Cyprus. Congratulations and good luck to all awardees.
Join archaeology students and faculty to eat free pizza from Ned’s and learn about finding and doing fieldwork. Open to all interested students and faculty who want to share or learn about archaeolocial field experiences.
Friday April 24, 2015 at 1:00–2:00 pm in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall. Hosted by CIAMS and the Undergraduate Program in Archaeology.
Kudos to CIAMS students Bonnie Etter and Jennifer Carrington for their volunteer work at local middle schools. Both have been working through the organization GRASSHOPR to teach archaeology courses. Bonnie used education boxes borrowed from the Johnson Museum to engage not only students but multiple teachers, the principal, even the dean! The teachers were so excited that they have asked her to do versions of it for their own classes. Kudos!
In response to recent destructions carried out by Islamic State actors in northern Iraq, Adam Smith has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, and Sturt Manning has one on CNN. CIAMS and NES are holding a Brownbag to discuss the nature of the destructions and how the archaeological community can best respond--see invitation here.
The Near Eastern Studies department and CIAMS are planning a brown bag lunch to talk about ISIS, Islam, and the recent abominable acts of heritage destruction in northern Iraq. As developments of critical concern to both the NES and CIAMS communities make the daily headlines, it would seem an important time to gather and discuss these current affairs, and grapple with the difficult question of how archaeologists, museums, and the wider heritage community can best respond. Professor David Powers, an expert on Islamic law, has kindly agreed to join us for this conversation to help us think through the intersection of Islam, iconoclasm, and the Islamic State. CIAMS faculty, affiliates and students are invited to join us Thursday March 12 at 12:15 in the Landscapes and Objects Lab, 125 McGraw Hall.