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Spring 2013

The World As Classroom

As engaging as anthropology courses on campus may be, nothing beats having a field experience. The department offers plenty of field opportunities for students, from an archeaology field school to study abroad courses. This issue of Anthropolog highlights three current Anthropology offerings: exploration seminars in Tahiti and South Africa, and a new agroecology and permaculture field school on a Colorado farm.

Rancho Dos Acequias. Culebra Mountain Range in the background, the heart of the world's largest restored common lands (80,000 acres)Professor Devon G. Peña teaches popular classes on agroecology, the anthropology of food, and food justice movements. Peña brings a unique perspective to these subjects, as both an academic and a practicing farmer. A hands-in-the-dirt, drive-a-tractor, flood-irrigate, and pull-out-the-weeds-by-hand-or-hoe biodynamic farmer. Read article.

Clarissa Surek-Clark (right), co-director of the South Africa exploration seminar, with her former student Mpumelelo Ntshangase, now a teacher at an elementary school in Botha's Hill near Durban. Ms. Ntshangase will teach the exploration seminar participants basic Zulu language.From August 27 to September 20, 2013, Associate Professor Laada Bilaniuk will join linguistics Lecturer Clarissa Surek-Clark in leading an exploration seminar to Johannesburg, Durban, and Zululand in South Africa. This seminar aims to advance students’ knowledge of the politics of multilingualism, language contact and variation, and language and identity in South Africa. Read article.

Tony with Indian colleagues at the 24th International Papillomavirus Conference, Beijing, 2007When most American students think about “Tahiti,” they usually imagine a pristine setting with blue lagoons and white-sand beaches rimmed by coconut palms. Although such landscapes do exist in Tahiti, the daily reality for Tahitians is far more nuanced and complicated because Tahiti (more accurately known as French Polynesia) is still an overseas territory of France, and one of only a few colonies left in the world today. Read article.