Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Andrew McCarthy


Dec. 1, 2014, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 218


UNLV’s Department of Anthropology Presents: Defend the Ivory Tower! Or Open the Gates? Academia under Scrutiny by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Dr. Andrew McCarthy, director, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institution (CAARI), Nicosia, Cyprus

Recently, a House of Representatives committee has been scrutinizing the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its peer-review and selection processes for grants, especially but not limited to the social sciences. While the federally-funded NSF is subject to congressional oversight, the institution of peer-review had previously been considered sacrosanct. While we cannot be certain what this intense focus is intended to achieve, we can be confident that academia is under attack and some types of research are on the edge of a precipice. Given an opportunity, some members of Congress would gladly push archaeology and other humanistic disciplines over the cliff. Furthermore, American overseas research institutes that help to facilitate research abroad are also taking heed that their federal funding may be under threat. What, if anything, can we do about this?

This discussion will introduce the issue, explain the repercussions of attacks on the NSF, and provide an opportunity to examine ways that the future of scientific research can be affected by public action. Dr. McCarthy brings his perspective as the director of CAARI, the director of an active fieldwork project in Cyprus, a university lecturer, and a participant in the NSF peer-review process.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Peter Gray

External Sponsor

Department of Anthropology