Bonin Bough’s lecture at Hartwick College on “Hackonomy” parallels recent themes in Introduction to Anthropology and Cultural Ecology.
4-5 February 2016 at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: “Defending Anthropology 101 and the Mega-Class: Relevant Teaching for the 21st Century.”
With anthropologists saying many things about culture, is it any wonder the students and the public are confused?
Please help a recent high school graduate who desperately wants to be an anthropology major but worries about the anthropology major jobs after graduation.
With President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, President Barack Obama of the US, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Anthropology is taking over the world.
Anthropology and Storytelling – Stories that must be told to transform the anthropocene. And yet: Can anthropology spell out relevance for a wider audience?
Is the time gone for reaffirming that the Bongobongo are “humans just like us”? And does Open Access anthropology spell out the stakes for a wider public?
Resources and thoughts on Teaching Cultural Anthropology for fall 2014: “Teaching is the other side of participant observation” (Tim Ingold, Making 2013:13)
What makes Jared Diamond possible? Discussant commentary for the panel “Margaret Mead and Jared Diamond: Past Publics, Current Engagements.”
An Introduction to Anthropology course for 2014, with emphasis on “entangling the biological” and the relevance of anthropology for important dialogue.
At a time when globalization is said to render the national state irrelevant, an anthropology of the state has pressing political and intellectual stakes.
Pairing Advertising Missionaries with “A Fragmented Globality” to ask “What, if anything, is truly new about our times?” (Trouillot 2003:47)
Fieldwork and the ethnographic monograph invited closure around cultural wholes. Anthropology can defend the concept of culture while jettisoning the word.
Are there ways to counter the notion of “gang culture” without promoting myths of individualism? Can we usefully bring anthropology to the courtroom?
Ruth Benedict’s Patterns of Culture translated US Boasian Anthropology to a mass audience, promoting culture, cultural relativism–and cultural wholes.
Thinking about the purpose of anthropology–“Ultimately, anthropology will only matter . . . if it evokes a purpose outside of itself” (Trouillot 2003:5).
An impassioned plea to lower the arrogance decibels. In the wake of Steven Pinker’s “Science Is Not Your Enemy” assessing humanities & science together.
Preparing for the biggest Jared Diamond review of all-time–by Bill Gates. As American Anthropology becomes Public Anthropology, we cannot abandon humanity.
Could epigenetics finally re-write the script about human nature? Maybe, but first we have to go over The Edge’s promotional tribute to Napoleon Chagnon.
Brooks uses culture to bypass power, inequality, economics, politics, and history. That’s the real cultural problem–and a problem anthropology must tackle.
An anthropologist caught between “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” and “Marginal Revolution: Small Steps Toward a Much Better World.”
If “anthropology’s future depends largely on its ability to contest the Savage slot” (Trouillot 2003:9), then how to take Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages?
Arguments against gun control are rooted in shoddy anthropology: ideas about human nature, culture & history which cannot withstand anthropological scrutiny.
Meredith Small, “Our Babies, Ourselves” introduces many ways to raise babies, the biocultural of neurologically unfinished infants. But childcare and power?
Horace Miner’s classic “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” stands out for an anthropology of Nacirema Rituals and continues to get hits in the age of YouTube.