Undergraduate Intellectual Engagement through Conference Posters

Conference posters are much more interactive and engaging than podium papers. Posters are also less intimidating than papers and, thus, an ideal format for undergraduate students to begin to contribute to the discipline of anthropology as emerging scholars. For that reason, for the past decade, I have helped organize a poster session at the Annual […]

Brewing Disaster in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Climate change and global capital compound suffering for local communities. We are taking a short break from walking the narrow, steep paths around the Saipu Village of Ramechhap District, Nepal in July 2016. We rest at a small, simple Hindu temple perched on a rare flat, grassy area overlooking a breath-taking view of the Likhu […]

Going Native

  A picture may be worth a thousand words, a cartoon even more. Bernard Perley combines his professional training in fine arts, architecture and anthropology with his Native American experience to offer unique insights to his passion for Native American language and cultural revitalization. His positionality as a “native anthropologist” allows him to explore the […]

The US-Dakota War and Failed Settler Kinship

Before we arrive in Minneapolis for the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting, I share a story that provides formative history, and which may help you understand the storied land upon which you will walk. This account suggests that “making kin” can help forge relations between Peoples in ways that produce mutual obligation instead of settler-colonial violence […]

We’re Looking for Columnists!

We are seeking opinion columnists to write engaging commentary for the Anthropology News website in 2017. Do you want to provide an anthropological perspective on “hot topics” in the news, to reach an audience of anthropologists and general readers, to say something that no one else seems to be saying? We’re particularly interested in proposals […]

Class is in Session

What can anthropology offer high school students? Two teachers answer the question. Anthropologists across the discipline despair at how little-known the field is, how it’s often confused with entomology or ichthyology—not to mention a certain women’s clothing store. If people looked back on memorable high school anthropology teachers like Jeff Meade, whose students “comment that […]

Going Native

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, a cartoon even more. Bernard Perley combines his professional training in fine arts, architecture and anthropology with his Native American experience to offer unique insights to his passion for Native American language and cultural revitalization. His positionality as a “native anthropologist” allows him to explore […]

Skulls, Skeletons and Shakespeare

Osteology “Boot Camp” What can human skeletonized remains reveal about people’s lives? How can you hold a single human bone and use it to reveal age, sex, ethnicity, occupation, height and diet at the time of death?  I started teaching human osteology as an advanced undergraduate lab course, ten years ago in an intensive summer […]

What Do We Want Our Students to Learn?

Learning Outcomes for Anthropology It is one of those odd, dissociative facts that many of us who get PhDs in anthropology spend the majority of our professional time teaching anthropology to undergraduates who will never become professional anthropologists. Few of our undergraduate majors will go on to be professional anthropologists, which generally requires a graduate […]

Posters as Multimedia Powerhouses

Posters are visual presentations. They display some combination of text and images (whether photographs, illustrations, diagrams, charts, or the like). Hopefully they provide the “bulleted” talking points for further elaboration (see Crowder’s article “How to Design a Great Poster”). The mistake too many people make, however, is treating posters as static paper presentations. To the […]