That Sinking Feeling: Polar Bear Environmental Art

By: Michael Engelhard If art’s mission is to change public perceptions or to transcend established practices, it can no longer be apolitical, unaware of social or economic currents. The creators of an exhibit that examines the “cultural afterlife” of taxidermised polar bears (nanoq: flat out and bluesome, by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson) sum up a … Continue reading That Sinking Feeling: Polar Bear Environmental Art

Walkabout 2: My Diverse Classroom in Thailand

This post part of my continuing “Walkabout in Thailand”, after leaving my regular position at Chico State in northern California in January 2016. The subtitle for this series might be: “free unsolicited advice for university administrators.” My walkabout has landed me far from Chico State, at Payap University in northern Thailand. My third semester teaching … Continue reading Walkabout 2: My Diverse Classroom in Thailand

Walkabout Part 1! A Chico State Sociology Professor Mimics Crocodile Dundee to Get Away from it All

  A year ago, I came to Thailand to help set up a PhD program in Peacebuilding. To do this, I took a leave of absence from my regular position at Chico State in California. At the time, I described the extended leave as being a “walkabout.” This is what Crocodile Dundee did when he … Continue reading Walkabout Part 1! A Chico State Sociology Professor Mimics Crocodile Dundee to Get Away from it All