Anthropology 474: Anthropology as Public Engagement
This course is an upper level exploration of innovative ways in which anthropology is used for proactive, public engagement in global, national, institutional and local information networks, program planning, policy implementation and transformative social action. Students are asked to examine past, present and envision future engagements in various social fields spanning several disciplines, including economic development, environmental protection, labor relations, education, tourism, health care, human rights, gender equity, indigenous rights, state polity and law, non-governmental organizations, popular media and social movements.
- Portfolio of products
- Development of a website
- Policy documents
- Op ed pieces
- Public presentations
- Radio shows
- Literary essays
- Public performance piece
About the Site
“New media is changing the way we interact with the world. It’s changing how social movements are organized and implemented. The recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, the uprisings in Libya socio-political background information and the presence of social media in these m
New media is also changing how we digest, understand, accept, critique and learn about current affairs. Stages of News in a Twitter and Facebook Era. This site is an exploration of what we might call a fresh and emerging mediascape heavily influenced by new media and Web 2.0. It is both an attempt to understand the North African social movements and the new ways in which we (as outsiders) learn about these events.
This project became a learning process for me; an opportunity to become adept at WordPress web design and explore how different media could be incorporated into a website in a visually-appealing and informative way. Though few of us are trained in film editing, we can all tell when a film has good editing and flows (we usually are only aware of this knowledge when something does not flow or there is poor editing). Web design is similar to film editing in this way. Because of our daily exposure to websites of all sorts, we know when something works and when it doesn’t. As I attempted to create a site that was more than just a content management system or a house for information, the reality of these processes became apparent.”
—John Perkins.’11John’s Project (visible only to registered users of web.colby.edu) Front page