The Boards of the Society of Urban National Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) and of the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA), both constituent units of the American Anthropological Association, condemn the firing of Professor Kim Hopper by Columbia University. Professor Hopper is a preeminent urban anthropologist in the study of North America, known internationally for his original and pioneering research on homelessness and schizophrenia in the urban US, and for being co-founder and first President of the National Coalition of the Homeless. Professor Hopper’s position as a public intellectual working on behalf of the homeless and schizophrenic is unquestioned. That someone of his stature in scholarship, teaching, and public prominence should be fired after 26 years of service for not bringing sufficient outside funding at the very time when his important research topics are suffering from the lack of such funding, is a profound injustice which is relevant to all urban anthropologists. As organizations each consisting of several hundred members, SUNTA and SANA support the January 30, 2014 letter of support for Kim Hopper by senior scholars to Provost James Coatsworth of Columbia University, and calls on that University to reinstate Professor Hopper immediately in his current position with academic tenure.
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A SUNTA board motion was called to support CLR’s Resolution on Contingent & Part-time Academic Labor. The Board passed the motion on October 21, 2013. Click here for a .pdf of the resolution.
A quorum of 250 & majority vote are needed to pass the resolution. Vote at the AAA Annual Business Meeting on Thursday 11/21/13 at 6:15pm.
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