Friday, October 22, 2010

podcasts with Practicing (applied, mainly private sector anthropologists)

as listed to date at
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

using films to illustrate anthro experiences/observations

via e-list for CAE, council for anthropology and education
(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

bride prices - child marriage essay

Among the many disturbing and thought-provoking audio slideshows at is this one about girls being wed before reaching adulthood in many countries [7 minutes 34 seconds]

[caution for younger viewers: 2/3 of the way along is the self-immolation attempt]