Anthropology in the High School Classroom II

Including Anthropology in a high school curriculum provides important opportunities for students and instructors, but it also presents unique challenges. In this second installment of a two-part interview with Dexter Chapin, anthropology instructor at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) in downtown Seattle, WA, he reflects further on the significance of  teaching cultural anthropology […]

Anthropology in the High School Classroom

More and more high schools in the United States are including anthropology courses in their curriculum, presenting unique opportunities and challenges for the discipline. Dexter Chapin teaches classes in cultural anthropology, zoology, and sustainable systems at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS), a college-preparatory school in downtown Seattle, WA. I asked him about his […]

Back to School

Ideas for the First Day of Class I hate most so-called “icebreakers.” Too many camp, workshop and classroom experiences have made me dread the awkward exercises designed to help strangers get to know each other and work together more effectively. I’ve learned to only take one M&M and to have my two truths and a […]

Trigger Warnings

Trigger warnings are a current and controversial topic in higher education and a subject of ongoing discussion among many of my colleagues. In this column, my goal is not to argue for or against trigger warnings, but, in anthropological fashion, to consider the  from multiple perspectives. The idea of trigger warnings spread to academia from […]

“That Book Changed My Life.”

This pronouncement was delivered by a graduating student about Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland after she read it in my Anthropology of Food class last year. A searing indictment of the tomato industry in Florida, this slim, evocative book had a powerful effect on the students in that class. As I taught it again earlier this semester, […]