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Unformatted text preview: OP-ED TOPIC FOR 2009 FALLPublic Anthropologys Community Action Website encourages (a) critical thinking regarding ethical issues in anthropology, (2) a sharing of ideas among students from different universities and (3) improved writing skills. In the following assignment, students are asked to consider if they should be involved in moral issues that do not affect them directly.There are four steps you need to take in this initial phase of the assignment:(1)You should carefully read the background material to gain an idea of the issue you will be writing about. If you rush through the material below, you will probably do poorly -- grade wise -- on your Op-Ed (or opinion) piece. Please think carefully about the material presented. Feel free to print it out if you wish. (2)You will then take a stand on the issue discussed and, critically, develop an effective argument in support of the position you take. (3) Before you write your Op-Ed (or opinion) piece, you should carefully look at the criteria others will use in grading your letter (see below) as well as examples of model Op-Eds from leading North American newspapers. These should help provide you with a sense of how to frame and phrase your own Op-Ed. (4) You should write your Op-Ed in a word processing program such as WORD and cut and paste your Op-Ed into the space provided on the website. THE BASIC MORAL ISSUEWhen public institutions promise to right a wrong -- a wrong they acknowledge -- and then fail to do so, should students encourage these public institutions to keep their word? Or should students leave this matter to others who are directly affected by the problem? The problem faced in this issue is that those who are most affected by the failure of certain public institutions to keep their promises live thousands of miles away and essentially have no way of highlighting the broken promises of these institutions nor making them follow through on them. Since anthropology has overwhelmingly benefitted from these people, should anthropology students now help these people in their time of need? Or should anthropology students place their faith in these people's self-reliance and let them solve the problem themselves because they are more emotionally involved in the problem than the students are?THE FACTS OF THE CASEFACT 1:The Yanomami have played a prominent role in the publicizing of anthropology to college students and, through them, to the broader public. Literally millions of students have been introduced to the Yanomami through introductory courses in anthropology over the past 40 years. But aside from the gifts presented to the Yanomami by various anthropologists during their fieldwork, the Yanomami have received relatively little compensation while anthropologists, building on the groups renown, have built prominent careers and gained financially. [Supporting Documentation]FACT 2:In the late 1960s, prominent American researchers collected blood samples from the Yanomami Indians for their research. In return for the blood samples, the Yanomami the Yanomami Indians for their research....
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