Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What do you do with a major in Cultural Anthropology?

Go to Iraq:
Human Terrain System [is] an attempt to bring cultural awareness to the military. When the United States is fighting counterinsurgencies in both Iraq and Afghanistan, such knowledge is priceless and indispensable. One has to win the population over, not kill them. Knowing the local customs is vital. Indeed, one of the lead advisers to Gen. David Petraeus was David Kilcullen, a former infantry-company commander with a Ph.D. in political anthropology.
If that doesn't work, I would advise enrolling in Vanderbilt's Summer Accelerator Program.

DISCLAIMER: I teach in the program.

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