University anthropology professor receives prestigious global citizenship award

Louis Forline joins the less than one percent of faculty to receive Public Anthropology’s Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award

Associate Professor of Anthropology Louis Forline at the University of Nevada, Reno recognized for his work with global citizenship

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4/13/2017 | By: Hannah Richardson |

Associate Professor of Anthropology Louis Forline at the University of Nevada, Reno has won the Public Anthropology's Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award as a part of the Center for a Public Anthropology. This prestigious honor is awarded to less than one percent of the faculty teaching anthropology courses across North America.

"I am very honored to receive this award," Forline said. "It not only gives me a distinction but shows the efforts that my students put into this project and the hard and thoughtful work of my teaching assistants."

According to Rob Borofsky, director at the Center for a Public Anthropology, the Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award is named to honor one of the world's leading medical humanitarians and anthropologists in the 21st century. The award recognizes Forline's exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology's Community Action Online Project as well his wider activities in the public sphere.

"Forline is to be commended for how he takes classroom knowledge and applies it to real world challenges, thereby encouraging students to be responsible global citizens," Borofsky wrote in the award announcement. "In actively addressing important ethical concerns within anthropology, Forline is providing students with the thinking and writing skills needed for active citizenship."

Marc Johnson, president of the University, congratulates Forline for this recognition.

"The work conducted by Dr. Farmer as a physician and anthropologist is recognized worldwide and shows the commitment that anthropology has at this day and age in a fast-changing world. Anthropology is a field that goes beyond self-recognition as our mission is to also put the people we work with on the map and raise an awareness of their situation," Forline said. "I'm very pleased that the knowledge I convey to my students and peers is meaningful and impacting, whether I'm discussing the plight of indigenous peoples of the Amazon whom I've worked with for over 25 years, or how the forces of globalization impinge on the lives of every citizen."

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