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VISITING DISTINGUISHED HARMAN APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY SCHOLAR, DR. SUSAN HYATT

LECTURES:

THURSDAY – OCTOBER 11, 2012 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.  AS 119 Anatol Center ”

“Off the Campus and into the Community: Teaching for Social Justice”

Over the past 20 years, institutions of higher learning, both public and private, have increasingly emphasized the value of civic engagement and service learning as integral parts of their educational missions.  In my teaching of applied anthropology, I have embraced this pedagogical turn as a way to involve students in community-based issues and to promote critical thinking.  In this talk, I offer several brief examples where I have taken students off the campus and into the community to engage in collaborative research projects. And, I have also offered students opportunities to participate in courses taught in somewhat unconventional community settings, including prisons and a residential treatment facility for women overcoming addiction.  I argue that through such courses, we do not teach our students about social justice; rather, we allow students to experience for themselves the inequalities that structure much of our contemporary world and to reflect deeply on the ways that social action connects theory with practice.

 

FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 9, 2012 – 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Venue TBA

“We never met strangers—we met people”; Using Anthropology to Uncover Hidden Histories of Race and Religion in an Indianapolis Neighborhood

In 2010, Applied Anthropology students from Indiana University in Indianapolis began collecting oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia from African-American and Jewish elders, who had all once lived in one of the most multi-ethnic neighborhoods in the city, the near Southside.  While the material setting of this neighborhood was later destroyed by successive waves of development and by the construction of an interstate in the 1970s, its social landscape continues to be fondly recalled by its former inhabitants. This was a neighborhood where, among other ethnic groups, Jews and African Americans had not only lived side-by-side as neighbors; they had also once shared deep bonds of friendship.  These bonds were renewed when they began meeting with the students and with one another to record their memories of their lost community.  In this talk, I discuss what the students and I learned from our participation in this endeavor and share some of the stories of these neighborhood residents, and of the project that brought them all back together nearly 50 years later.

 

STUDENT & DEPARTMENT SPONSORED EVENTS:

THURSDAY – OCTOBER 4, 2012 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. “Going to Graduate School” Forum LA5-163

THURSDAY – NOVEMBER 1, 2012 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Beach Auditorium – all welcomed!
“Dia de las Muertas” film by anthropology student, Joanna Diaz, with panel of speakers (TBA), Alters

ANTHRO MEETINGS:

Anthropology Undergraduate Student Association (ASA) – TBA

Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) – TBA