Cultural Anthropology is pleased to present

Curricular Creativity:  Can Anthropology as Critical Practice Trump “the Department” as Institutional Fortress?
A lecture by Richard Handler

Monday, September 7, 2015 
1:30pm
Friedl Building, Room 225

Anthropologists as individual teachers are imaginative when it comes to creating new courses, but anthropologists organized into departments, the fundamental administrative unit of liberal arts institutions, are less creative when it comes to thinking about the curriculum as a whole.  Often, our desire to protect and promote anthropology as a discipline hinders our willingness to reinvent anthropological wisdom as a practice to sustain liberal-arts perspectives against instrumental approaches to education that are currently so seductive for students, parents, and administrators.  Yet our unwillingness to think anthropologically about the total curriculum confines us to an irrelevancy we bemoan. 

Richard Handler is a cultural anthropologist who has written on nationalism and the politics of culture, museums and the representation of history, anthropology and literature, and the history of Boasian anthropology.  He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Global Studies at the University of Virginia. 

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In the news
Professor Ralph Litzinger

Plight of teen prompts education debate, protest in China

Sat, Dec 22 02:07 AM EST

 

Professor Ralph Litzinger is the recipient of the  DukeEngage Excellence in Mentoring Award (for Faculty/Staff Mentors of Independent Students)


The DukeEngage Excellence in Mentoring Award is presented to a faculty mentor or administrator who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship to DukeEngage Independent Project participants, and exceptional leadership and vision in promoting civic engagement within higher education.  Congratulations Ralph!

Dwayne Dixon Zine Collection Expands

Dwayne Dixon, a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Duke,  recently donated a treasure trove of new titles to his zine collection part of the Sallier Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

The Center for African and African American Research
has been awarded a major NEH grant for the support of our John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program.  Next year’s program will be called “Crafting Freedom,” concerning now African-American craftspeople managed to secure their own and their families’ manumission and make a living under the  oppressive circumstances of the antebellum South.

Hot Spot Issue of the Journal of Cultural Anthropology

CA professor Ralph Litzinger co-edits and contributes an essay on a
Hot Spot issue of the journal of Cultural Anthropology on the recent wave of self-immolations in Tibet. 


 

Professor Ralph Litzinger is the recipient of the DukeEngage Excellence in Mentoring Award (for Faculty/Staff Mentors of Independent Students)

The DukeEngage Excellence in Mentoring Award is presented to a faculty mentor or administrator who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship to DukeEngage Independent Project participants, and exceptional leadership and vision in promoting civic engagement within higher education. Congratulations Ralph!
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Faculty Profile: Charlie Piot

An Inspiring Generosity: Professor Piot's nominators are awed by his outstanding mentorship and repeatedly stress the impact it has had on their intellectual growth. Two nominators cite his reputation for exceptional mentoring as one of the most critical factors in their decisions to pursue graduate study at Duke. Read…
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Professor Litzinger interviewed

Professor Litzinger interviewed on the links between the Arab Spring and labor politics in the IT industry in China. The Arab Spring's Chinese roots... and future?
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Graduate Student Brian Goldstone

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Graduate Research: The Miraculous Life
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Graduate Student: Kristina Jacobson

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Graduate Research: On the Navajo Nation
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"Reflections of a Major Leaguer: A Conversation with Doug Glanville"

Thursday, March 15, 6 pm Pink Parlor, East Duke Duke Building

Doug Glanville played for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. He
is now an ESPN baseball commentator as well as writing for the New York
Times and CNN.com.  He is the author of the recent book The Game From
Where I Stand," and lives in Raleigh with his wife and three children.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Anthropology, the Center for
African and African American Research, and the Franklin Humanities
Institute Working Group on Sport.

 


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