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Observations from the Podium: Classroom Notes Winter 2009

Update: picked up on my grand theories v. local particularities question and the comments received there are helpful. With the comments here, (and others on SACC-L) I think I have some new material for reworking lecture notes on emic/etic distinctions. Thanks to all. Original Post: This semester, my students in introductory cultural anthropology and […]

Fighting in Hockey – Defining Canadian Masculinity

CBC Radio program ‘The Current‘ had a fascinating discussion about fighting in hockey and definitions of Canadian masculinity. Sports writer Bruce Dowbiggin and sports psychologist Saul Miller contribute to the discussion. One of the callers to the program was Anne Hartman, anthropology graduate student at York University. This conversation is far more nuanced than the […]

100 Anthropology Blogs has published a list of 100 anthropology blogs. It’s a neat list and a great resource.

Anthropology, Dick Pound, and the Savagery Issue

Anthropology, the ‘Indian industry’, white man’s guilt and Jared Diamond have been implicated as justification for Vancouver Olympic Committee Dick Pound’s comment that 400 years ago Canada was full of savages. In a Globe and Mail column, Margaret Wente writes: … North American native peoples had a neolithic culture based on subsistence living and small […]

Using Powerpoint Strategically and Successfully

Fast Company Magazine has a short piece this month on the agony associated with sitting through some powerpoint presentations. Jist: don’t use powerpoint images to ‘decorate’ your talks. From the article: Curiosity must come before content. Imagine if the TV show Lost had begun with an announcement: “They’re all dead people, and the island is […]

On ‘Paying Attention’ in the Classroom

I’ve taken some shots for making public my personal evolution on the use of the internet (and laptops) during lectures. Now, Inside Higher Ed has an article on the University of Chicago Law School’s banning of the internet in its classes. Reactions are mixed, to say the least. Sphere: Related Content

Indigenous News Aggregators: A Teaching Resource

Cross-posted at SACCommentary (Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges) As a cultural anthropologist who teaches courses in the First Nations of British Columbia and the First Nations of Canada at Douglas College, I rely heavily on my RSS Feed Reader to collect for me current news items for my classes. I use both Bloglines and […]

John Hawks Reviews 10,000BC

Sure, his review* of 10,000BC is making the rounds … but it is utterly fantastic. Update: The Globe and Mail says this about the film: The story is set among an improbable mountainous tribe of Caucasian/Rastafarian/native North American mammoth hunters, who resemble nightclubbing Calvin Klein models who speak in slightly accented formal English. So formal […]

Aboriginal Speakers Series at Douglas College

Douglas College is hosting a series of speakers on topics related to aboriginal experiences living in a settler society. The overarching theme is reconciliation. The website for the series provides some detail and context: Reconciliation is about recognizing the terrible injustices that have been inflicted on Aboriginal people in the past … Reconciliation is about […]

Teaching Strategies: Nacirema and Natural Selection

As the winter semester gets going, I wanted to note a couple of useful teaching-related articles in recent AAA publications. 1) William Guinee writes “A Strategy for Teaching Horace Miner’s ‘Nacirema’” in the Fall 2007 issue of Teaching Anthropology, SACC Notes (Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges) (not yet available online). Guinee’s strategy calls for […]