In today’s academic environment, community colleges face a combination of challenges that make establishing a relevant and meaningful identity somewhat difficult. These challenges include the question of what we specifically want to define as our community college brand and how we can make that brand fit the needs of the greatest number of today’s students.
My students and I do some “myth busting” on the first class meeting of the semester. “How does pop culture portray archaeology?” I ask. Students are quick to identify classic movies cast by actors who portray archaeologists in leading roles: Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, or The Mummy. I ask them to tell me about these characters; students typically discuss the fictional archaeologists’ brush with dangerous booby traps, their quest for sacred artifacts and precious metals, the pillaging of archaeological sites, and even the characters’ sex appeal.
The recent AAA Annual Meeting was, as usual, a great opportunity for Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges members to showcase their strengths. The Annual Meeting theme of Anthropology Matters encouraged presenters to move anthropology out of the rather siloed realm of academics into one that highlights the practical and highly relevant attributes of the discipline. […]
Brookdale Community College has had a long history of attracting guest speakers to its campus. One man in particular, history professor Jack Needles, put Brookdale on the map when it came to inviting well known people to our institution. He was what Jess Le Vine, another history professor who took over this task upon Jack Needle’s retirement, […]