SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

Now is the time for summer course, internship, job, and field school applications to start going in. I will start posting information here.

Binghamton University Archaeological Field School
http://www.binghamton.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/2015-fieldschool.html
Earn college credit.
This year, excavations will be at a Prehistoric site in Campville, NY.

Binghamton University Community Archaeology Program
http://cap.binghamton.edu/
Volunteer program, scholarships for kids and teens available.
Programs for kids (5, 6, 7th grade), teens, and adults.

Anthropology Club Forming at SUNY Broome?

This semester may be a first for SUNY Broome.  Students are beginning to mobilize, and are starting up an Anthropology Club!  What that club turns out to be, of course, is dependent upon student interest.

The first General Interest Meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov 13th during Common Hour (11-11:50), in Science 105. We will discuss possible activities, budget, bylaws, membership, and other fun things!

For more information, send us a comment at https://bccanthropology.wordpress.com/anthropology-club/.

Hope to see you there!

 

Brainstorming session:

Improbable T-Shirt Designs

t shirt 2t shirt 1

International Topics Go… International?

Today I had my first teleconference. I know some people have been using this technology for years, but I am excited to jump into the 21st century – even if a bit late!

I will be working with SUNY’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning. http://coil.suny.edu/ Through this program, I will be able to partner with someone in another country and develop a collaborative project for SUNY Broome’s Introduction to Archaeology course. What that project will look like will also depend on the needs and interests of the person I wind up working with, but I hope to be able to infuse this course with a new perspective on heritage, coming from an international perspective.

 

coil

There are quite a few SUNY Broome faculty who have joined this program, too. It’s really an interesting concept!

More to come as it develops!

~ Lynda

 

Doing Anthropology at Community Colleges

Over the past few years, my goal as an anthropology instructor at a community college is not necessarily to train the next generation of anthropologists (although that would be REALLY great and I am completely up for that challenge).

My goal has been to get students who are taking my courses to start “thinking like an anthropologist.” That means that I hope to help students learn how to apply anthropological perspectives to whatever their chosen career might be.

The American Anthropological Association’s “Anthropology  News” just published this article from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges on the importance of providing anthropology students with opportunities to apply anthropological concepts to real world concepts.

anth news

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/09/23/from-a-survey-of-anthropology-to-actually-applying-it/

Is it possible for students at Community Colleges to get involved in anthropology? I may be completely biased, but I sure hope so! And I think my students are proving me right! Last year, my archaeology students worked on a class project that have focused on using technology to disseminate knowledge about local heritage and history. In a biological anthropology labs, students brainstormed to tackle a public health issue – namely, how can we address issues of malnutrition in our local community? These types of class projects and exercises help students understand that an elective or core course requirement can provide new perspectives on approaching very real concerns – no matter what their ultimate choice in career might be.

For more reading, I highly recommend these sites:

Anthropology: Worst Major for Corporate Tool, Best Major to Change Your Life

Anthropology Skills

This is Anthropology – A prezi site!

Convocation Day 2014

On the eve of Convocation Day 2014, the Anthro Closet was filled with all sorts of technology.

Image

After a late night on campus, I’ve set up the room, and am ready to bring the computers and tablets in –  first thing in the morning. With some student help, we’ll be able to put the pop-up display.

Image

 

Just in case you’re wondering what I will be doing in the workshop,  there’s a table to do vessel analysis, which participants can compare to my favorite video of all time – a “Sgraffito in 3D” online exhibit.  There will be two touch screens out, with prezis, relational powerpoints, and other activities for people to do.  There will be a guestbook – we’ll be trying out our drawing tablet –  and requests for information about the almshouse.

Oh, and Taylor has been running around campus today, getting ready to distribute her surveys. She’s already gotten back quite a few. I’m excited that she’ll be able to do this for Convocation Day.

Image

Hope to see a great turnout tomorrow!  NSC 101, 9-10:30. It’s a self-guided workshop, so come when you can!

Image

 

UPDATE 5/1/2014:

The Historic Preservation Workshop was a great success. Over 60 guests attended – including a few faculty participants.

 

Guests trying out different presentations - such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests trying out different presentations – such as Prezis and Relational powerpoints.

Guests conduct a "traditional" laboratory exercise - a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

Guests conduct a “traditional” laboratory exercise – a vessel analysis, then compare it to digital exhibits on ceramic analysis. Which is more interesting? From which would you learn more about ceramics? Which is more costly to produce?

 

The temporary exhibit is  covered with a wide variety of QR codes - each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction.

The temporary exhibit is covered with a wide variety of QR codes – each of which allows visitors to choose the type of experience they want. Visitors can choose between digital walking tours, online exhibits, video presentations, and online surveys. Rebecca (center) is looking at a study in ceramic reconstruction, while another guest (far right) is doing something else. (?)

Local Archaeology Opportunities

Looking for an archaeology field school this summer?  Binghamton University is offering an Archaeological Field School (Anth 372 & 580T)!  The couse runs as both an undergraduate and graduate course.

Anth 372/580T is offered as a 6-credit, Summer Term III course designed to prepare students for a career in archaeology. Students will receive training in archaeological survey, excavation, research, and lab processing of artifacts.

The field school curriculum complements a wide range of programs in the social sciences, art history, and cultural studies. Students looking for upper level courses in anthropology or summer electives would benefit from this class as well. We welcome continuing education students and housing is available for those who do not live in the immediate area.

For more information, visit http://www.binghamton.edu/anthropology/undergraduate/2014-fieldschool.html

 

Image

 

If you are interested in doing archaeology, but not for credit, the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University also runs a Community Archaeology Program – for kids, teens, and adults.  This is a one week program for people to get a chance to work on an archaeological site, side by side with professional archaeologists.

http://cap.binghamton.edu