Film Review of “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (57 mins, Color) 2014; Angela Sun. Bullfrog Films The nearly hour-long documentary film Plastic Paradise is a contemporary environmental exposé on the enduring legacy of plastic on the planet, even after we have “thrown it away.” Fueled by the quest to learn more about the floating garbage patch in the […]

Why You Should Consider Applying for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Are you about to complete your PhD and want to do something other than become an adjunct? Or are you perhaps safely tenured but want to make a contribution in government rather than in academia? (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”) Or maybe you’re just curious and would like to find out […]

Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank: Digital Cameras

Digital Cameras In the first installment of “Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank,” we examined a series of digital audio recording devices ranging in price from $100 to over $400. This time, we consider both digital single-lens reflex—or DSLR—and mirrorless cameras. As with the previous entry in this four part series, this column […]

Some Observations about Student Expectations

Even after 15 years of teaching at a community college, the unpredictable nature of our students’ expectations continues to amaze me. I was foolishly convinced that if you offered meaningful information in a fair and interesting way, challenged your students thinking (forcing them to become critical thinkers), and provided a degree of rigor that made each […]

Introduction to the Series “Social Movements in Japan”

Contributing Editors’ Note: We present our next Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) article series on the social movements that are presently occurring in Japan, with David H Slater (Sophia U) as this series’ curator. What follows is his introduction to the context and content of the four forthcoming reports in this series. The triple […]

Experiential Learning

Teaching Ethnography at the Border Experiential Learning at Colorado College At Colorado College we follow a unique schedule, known as the Block Plan. As part of our Block Plan, our academic year is divided into eight, three and a half week, blocks. Each block students take one course, and it is the only course that […]

My Experience as a 2012 AAA Leadership Fellow

AD Editor’s Note/AD Reminders: This is one in a series of articles in the AD Section News Column highlighting opportunities for archaeologists in the AAA. The column in the previous issue of AN (July/August 2015) offers an account of what it is like to have your SAA paper session sponsored by the Archaeology Division. The deadline […]

Highlights from the 2015 SLACA Spring Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology celebrated its biennial conference this spring in the beautiful city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Under the rubrics of the theme, “Recent Developments in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology: Debates, Theories and Methods,” the conference hosted nearly 50 presentations from its member community. A combination of oral and poster presentations […]

Gender, Education and the Drive for Well-Being in Belize

I was flooded with memories last January as I stepped into the rural high school on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Nearly two decades earlier, I had begun dissertation research here regarding the health and well-being of the first mass high school-educated cohort of young women in the tourism-centric region. On my first day of fieldwork, the […]