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Distinguished Robert Harman Applied Anthropology Visiting Scholar

Professor Robert C. Harman, who retired from the California Sate Long Beach Anthropology Department in 2005, has recently announced the establishment of the Robert C. Harman Visiting Scholar in Applied Anthropology program. Through this generous gift, the Anthropology Department at CSULB will be able to bring an outstanding Applied Anthropology scholar to our deparmtent for one semester every two years. The goal of this visiting scholar program is to further stimulate interest in applied anthropology in the department and on the campus. Such a scholar program should enhance the prestige of the Anthropology Department at CSULB, add to its national reputatiion, and facilitate the recruitment of future excellent Applied Anthropology graduate students. Bob comments that, “Many, myself included, believe that the future of the discipline lies with the applied area, and I wanted to leave a contribution to Applied Anthropology and CSULB at the same time.”

After receiving his PhD from the University of Arizona, Bob came to the CSULB Anthropology Department and taught at this campus for 36 years. He played a large role in developing the Applied Anthropology Master’s Program at CSULB and created and taught the Practicing Anthropology course as well as the Applied Anthropology course. Bob was a previous Chair of the Anthropology Department. He is a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and has served on numerous committees.

Although retired from CSULB, Bob continues to do research among Mayan immigrants in Los Angeles and the Karen Hilltribe in Northern Thailand. His special areas of interest include aging, refugees, intercultural communication, and Applied Anthropology. Bob continues to publish on these subjects with his most recent publication being a contribution, “Older Persons” in Loucky, Armstrong, and Adam’s 2006 publication, Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia.