Teaching often gets short shrift, unfortunately. It’s also a vital role in training critical citizenship skills, an important tool in an activist toolkit. In our case, inspiring an anthropological imagination. I always learn, and hope my students don’t mind the ride. Actually I wrote my last book specifically as a teacher, in “Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems.:
One of the things both my students and I look forward to is interviewing other really amazing anthropologists in this same class, “Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems.” It’s really cool that many activists I admire explicitly say the same thing: teaching is important.
Here are three such interviews, already published:
…and a recent audio interview with me on my newest book, Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti.
More to come!
I’m also wondering if this platform would be useful to share our own expertise… a searchable, online database. When I listen to the news and hear about environmental justice in India, or the untimely death of Berta Cáscares, or violence against women in Russia, one of my first instincts is to check in with an anthropologist to get a holistic, culturally and historically, ethnographically grounded analysis beyond the 15 seconds I just received.
Interested? Email me.
Here is a shortlist of the anthroposse… more to come.