Teaching Tales (Part I)

Yesterday I walked into the classroom of my Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology class and passed two young women deeply engaged in an animated discussion.  The snippet I overheard was part of a recounted conversation: "...and I was all, 'Geeze, she's your professor!!'  I mean seriously, would it kill him to codeswitch?  It's just … Continue reading Teaching Tales (Part I)

Living in Exponential Times

I promise I won't post youtube videos with every single post (haha). However, this time I will. One of my professors posted this video on our blackboard discussion board and I found it really interesting. There is also a wikispace that further discusses the statements made in the video. If all the statements made were … Continue reading Living in Exponential Times

It’s time again for the Ig Nobel Awards….

Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research hosts the wonderful Ig Noble Awards for research that makes you laugh and then think. The Ig Nobles have all the usual areas such as peace, aviation, linguistics and of course, chickens. The ceremony also includes winning a date with a noble laureate, and the 24/7 lectures. In … Continue reading It’s time again for the Ig Nobel Awards….

Human Terrain System: Too Little, Too Late, and So What?

Ok, Mark Dawson finally wrote often enough about the Human Terrain System for me to investigate what this military program actually is. I have some sympathy for the idea of using anthropology in the military because I have seen too many anthropologically incorrect lieutenants proclaiming to the press something along the lines of “You gotta … Continue reading Human Terrain System: Too Little, Too Late, and So What?

Digital Ethnography

Today I had the random idea to search YouTube.com for the keyword “ethnography” to see what, if anything, it would come up with. The first two videos that were listed intrigued me. The videos are products of Kansas State University’s anthropology department. The students and faculty of that department have created an on-going project focusing … Continue reading Digital Ethnography

American Anthropology Association Issues Statement on HTS, based on… not much it seems.

Ah, the days go by and even I cool down. While I am very critical of the wording the Executive Board chose for its statement on the HTS, I am not sure I would have wanted to be on the "AAA Ad Hoc Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology With the US Security and Intelligence … Continue reading American Anthropology Association Issues Statement on HTS, based on… not much it seems.

Applied Ethnography and the German Military in Afghanistan

I went to a workshop Friday in which anthropological involvement with the German military in Afghanistan was described. The German army is participating in the NATO operation in northern Afghanistan, which is in one of the more peaceful areas of that country. An ethnologist, Dr. Monika Lanik reported on the difficulties in developing inter-cultural competence … Continue reading Applied Ethnography and the German Military in Afghanistan

Festival in the Suburbs

So now that Halloween is over, and a good time was had by my family, I can muse aloud (or ablog) about the slow creep of Halloween from a good time for kids, to a mandatory RAGING PARTY for the adults, and how that plays out in Homeowner Associations, and other community organizations. This is … Continue reading Festival in the Suburbs