Introducing “Milwaukee Anthropologist”

My colleague Mike Timm has launched a daring new online publication, Milwaukee Anthropologist: The Magazine of the Liberal Arts for General Audiences.

While many of us have the word “liberal” associated with some things, be them good, bad, or intoxicating, it is my wager  that Mike is not seeking to promote a particular ideological view, but rather, to explore the world around us through a considerate and intellectual lens. As Mike writes in his introduction,

The inaugural issue of this publication asked a big question. Several people I spoke with expressed amused consternation (or worse) that I would ask potential contributors such a broad and ill-defined question: “What is Life?”

But I’m happy to report that my boldness in putting this question out there has provoked some fascinating and thoughtful responses.

Mike is bringing us a new type of publication, an online intellectual magazine that draws from a wide base of people, not just of the traditional “intellectual” professions. His supposition, and a valid one at that, is that we as humans are all curious about what we are, what is this thing that we call life. Moreover, Milwaukeeans are curious about these things, too. Now, through the Milwaukee Anthropologist, we have a very good way of exploring those questions.

One curious thing about this endeavor is that Mike is doing it through a blog. This mean that anyone can post their thoughts about what’s been written, which makes the stories open and accessible to the public in a way that most things ponderous and intellectual are not seen as being. I hope that this clever openness helps breathe life into the work.

Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.