For the Cultural Ecology 2019 final project, students were asked to write or create something that is public-facing. Possible examples included:

  • YouTube Video: I once received a very strong summary of a Cultural Anthropology course as a YouTube video. Another approach is to do a straight-up short lecture, like Tim Ingold did recently with Defining Domestication (although something tells me that’s not going viral anytime soon). Or perhaps try using animation, like my son has been doing with Class Pets (obviously you need to adjust the topic and style).
  • Blog Post or Webpage: One approach here is to choose a topic and then try to fill in with notes from class, the readings, and other links. For example, see Would the world be better off without humans? from the 2017 version of Cultural Ecology, which also discusses coppiced trees. Or my attempt to use Ingold to summarize What is Anthropology? I also keep a catalog of anthropology blogs which can help you think of different formats and styles.
  • Presentation: This should be pretty straightforward–compose a PowerPoint or Prezi which you could use and share with a wider audience. Amberdawn Lafrance had a good example of a Prezi.
  • Twitter Threads: These are becoming a thing. Here’s one on Linguistic Anthropology 101. Here’s one on an article by anthropologist Richard Lee about Hunter-Gatherers and violence.
  • Poetry: The best poetry example we have is from Ursula Le Guin (M17-M20).
  • Song: Check out The Anthropology Song: A little bit Anthropologist which has yet to be superseded.
  • Podcast: I haven’t been much of a podcast person, but check out The Familiar Strange or This Anthro Life.
  • Go Coppice Trees: Basically a project inspired by the books, but do some research and document your efforts in a public-facing way. Amberdawn Lafrance’s explanation of the Ase Tsi Tewaton Cultural Restoration Project can provide inspiration.

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