Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tourists and Strangers: An Anthropological Perspective by Lyra Spang
Going Native: The Anthropologist as Advocate by Robert Laughlin
Backyard Ethnography: Studying Your High School by Carolyn Gecan
Being a Refugee: Humanitarianism and the Palestinian Experience by Ilana Feldman
Friday, December 17, 2010
Great ethnologists do more than record: they reveal…they entered their subjects emotionally,
intellectually, then revealed what they experienced within…What was needed, he said, was
the power of language, harnessed to humanistic ends 'by men who, if such exist, possess both
the scientific mind and the literary touch'.
[source] Edmund S Carpenter. 1991. "Frank Speck: Quiet Listener."
In: The Life and Times of Frank G. Speck, 1881-1950.
Roy Blankenship, ed. Philadelphia: U Pennsylvania Publications in Anthropology, Pp.78-83.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
[W. Beeman] Nor do we beat our breasts over the investigative excesses of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The world is a very different place than in the colonial era, and anthropologists, like all seekers of knowledge, must shake off the past and move forward trying to pursue our discipline--the most humanistic of the sciences and most scientific of the humanities and social sciences.
[H. Lewis] ...Indeed, it was the founder of American anthropology, Franz Boas, who most fully exemplified the scientist engaged in the struggle for human rights.
Friday, October 22, 2010
The podcast series features interviews with:
- [Listen] Patricia Clay, a fisheries anthropologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- [Listen] Judy Tso, owner and consultant of Aha Solutions
- [Listen] Kevin Bialy, an international program officer at the National Institutes of Health
- [Listen] Megan Hawkins, a cultural resource specialist with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, where she is working with the US Army
- [Listen] Lee Cerveny, a research social scientist at the US Forest Service
- [Listen] Cheryl Levine, a social science analyst at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
(1) The French film "The Class" about a first year teacher is a great one about cross cultural communication. It has a few great scenes with a boy who is from Burkina Faso and he has to translate his own expulsion interview from a Parisian public school to his mother. Language has a lot to do with all of the events that lead up to his expulsion as well.
(2) I have used the Star Trek (The Next Generation) episode "Darmok" in which the captain of the Enterprise must communicate with an alien who communicates using only metaphors. I use it to engage intro classes with linguistic concepts. The conversation (unless you have dedicated anti-Trekies in the class) usually highlights relativism and the need to understand context in any communication.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
[caution for younger viewers: 2/3 of the way along is the self-immolation attempt]
Monday, September 13, 2010
http://funnytranslator.com/ lets you type in a phrase, then it translates to another language, then back to English. This cycle repeats for the number of round-trip translations you specify. This vividly illustrates what happens in literal (word-level, not full context-level) translation.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Activities and lessons based on Peace Corps Volunteers' cross-cultural experiences
Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures
Voices From the Field: Reading and Writing About the World, Ourselves, and Others
CyberVolunteer Letters: Stories From In-service Peace Corps Volunteers
Insights From the Field: Understanding Geography, Culture, and Service
Looking at Ourselves and Others
Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook
Folk Tales: Stories From Peace Corps Countries Around the World
Crossing Cultures: Peace Corps Letters From the Field
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here is a discussion prompt re: the pace of change.
Every so often, it hits home that we are actually living in one of those science-fiction worlds that I read about as a young nerd in the 1970s. Not, it turns out, one where we commute with jet packs; nor are Soviet and American colonists bantering about just how red the Red Planet should be. But now, while putting my keys in my pocket, I will sometimes accidentally hit a button on the BlackBerry that causes a robotic female voice to bark, "Say a command!"
Never having gotten around to programming any in, it always feels like I'm letting her down.
We're all walking around carrying devices that are in contact with unimaginably vast systems of information. You get used to it. It ceases to seem strange – which is, arguably, the strange part. Future shock becomes second nature. (To remember what things were like before requires something like the exact opposite of the willing suspension of disbelief.) And discussing any of this with friends or colleagues in their 20s is out of the question. It leaves me feeling like I have become my own grandfather...
source, Surrendering to Tomorrow [September 1, 2010 by Scott McLemee]
Tuesday, August 31, 2010