Last year Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on a radio show,
We don’t need a lot more anthropologists in the state. It’s a great degree if people want to get it, but we don’t need them here. I want to spend our dollars giving people science, technology, engineering, and math degrees.The Anthropology community responded swiftly with local and national attacks on blogs, newspapers, websites, and radio. To see an all-inclusive overview over the reactions to this attack on anthropology and the social sciences, click over to Neuroanthropology blog. It sparked major discussions on university listserves and on twitter and facebook.
Several students decided to create a campaign like "This is Public Health" for Anthropology. Then a graduate student at the University of South Florida, took her fellow students and colleagues’ statements on This Is Anthropology and made them into a Prezi presentation
I posted about this last year when it was going on, but I never posted the awesome Prezi on this blog! So here it is, THIS IS ANTHROPOLOGY:
By the way, a few days after all the responses, and the fact that everyone pointed out that his daughter has an anthropolgoy degree, Rick Scott said "I love Anthropology."
It's also worth pointing out that, as the first slide in this presentation notes, "The statistics Rick Scott used to extol the virtues of STEM [science technology engineering math) education at the expense of other disciplines are brought to you by anthropologists."