Anthropology students have many opportunities to pursue independent research and to communicate their anthropological insights to a wider public. Student projects can develop out of regular course-work or take the form of honors theses and other independent projects. Anthropology students are also creators of websites, blogs, and documentary videos and other forms of public anthropology.
Videos by Anthropology majors and alumni:
- Milton Guillen ’15: “Memories Matter.” For the Anthropology of History and Memory (Fall 2012)
- Debbie Merzbach ’11: “A Deep Ocean Ordeal: Whales Like Different Meals!” Merzbach reads the children’s book she wrote about anthropology for 5-8 year olds.
- Emily Bierwirth ’11: “The Flash Club.” A documentary about her flash mob.
Websites and Blogs by Anthropology majors and alumni:
- Lucy Soucek ’18 made the Colby Faith Podcast about religion, faith, and student experience at Colby.
- Peter Barkey-Bircann ’18 explores lyrical ethnography in Eviction: A Turn of the Dial.
- Liam Harley ’16 explores the links between family meals and memory.
- Students in AY298 Anthropology of Social Movements (Spring 2013) created a web-based exploration of five contemporary social movements.
- Students in AY398 (Spring 2012) created a website that explores the Anthropology of contemporary issues.
- Zachary Mitchell ’11 created Sonic Adventures, an ethnographic music website.
- Laura Miller ’11 developed a website about local food.
- John Perkins ’11 created a website about the use of social media and the Arab Spring uprisings.
- Melyn Heckelman ’08 blogs about her continuing connection to Anthropology post-Colby.
- Hannah De Angelis ’12 reflects on her study abroad experience in Senegal.
- Jennifer Gemmell ’12, and Duncan Hardock blogged about teaching English in Georgia (Europe).
- Eitan Green’s ’09 anthropology honors thesis research was the basis for this interactive view of the Global Climbing Community.
Other student projects:
- Molly Bennett ’11: “Research in Slab City, CA .”
- Melyn Heckelman ’08: “To What Extent Should Anthropologists Be Activists?“