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Zombies, Zombies, Everywhere

Our love affair with zombies has lasted at least a decade, if not more (28 Days Later came out in 2002!). And yet it doesn’t seem to grow old. Season 7 of The Walking Dead begins later this month, and Fear the Walking Dead appears to be set for a third season. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and World War Z 2 will be coming out in 2017. People have turned to zombies to inspire things like emergency preparedness (see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for Zombie Preparedness and a range of zombie products, for instance). It should be no surprise that zombies have entered the classroom too. read more…

  • dateOctober 17, 2016
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  • posted byErin McGuire
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Chocolate and Crickets: Motivating Students through Food

They say that the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach—I’d say that it’s also the way to the mind. Some time ago, I decided that I could motivate my students with food and competition. You may have read the post where I discussed using virtual badges and stickers in class to go along with optional activities designed to get students engaged with course materials. Using food in my classes goes back even further. read more…

  • dateSeptember 19, 2016
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  • posted byErin McGuire
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Talking Timbits and Double Doubles: First Day Conversations in Anthropology 100

September looms and it’s time to start planning for that important first class with with my new batch of students. That means it’s time to add Timbits and coffee to my to-do list. Not because I plan to eat them (palm oil!), but I need them for class. It started like this… read more…

  • dateAugust 22, 2016
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  • posted byErin McGuire
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Teaching about Indigenous Peoples and Cultures

Teaching about other peoples and cultures is often challenging. For me this includes teaching courses on Indigenous peoples and cultures of North America, including those known as Native Americans, Indians, Aboriginals, and First Nations. With two main challenges (authenticity and place) in mind, I recently created a new course on Indigenous Peoples and taught it in a condensed seven-week term. The class met every Friday from 9:00 – 4:00 and focused on the First Nations of the Greater Vancouver area. Four days were spent off-campus and three were spent on-campus. read more…

  • dateJuly 6, 2016
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  • posted byBob Muckle
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Proposing a Harry Potter and Anthropology Course

My discussion last month centred on the emerging trend for developing disciplinary courses in concert with popular culture themes. The possibilities for relevant and insightful connections are as endless as the imaginations of fiction authors, screenwriters, musicians, and other artists. In this post, I want to delve deeply into a course at the intersection of popular culture and anthropology that certainly would have held my attention as an undergraduate. Here, I propose a Harry Potter and Anthropology course that uses Harry Potter as a gateway to discussions of the important themes of four-field anthropology. read more…

  • dateApril 20, 2016
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  • posted byLeah McCurdy
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