Independent Research and Public Anthropology
Anthropology students have many opportunities to pursue independent research and to communicate their anthropological insights to a wider public. Student projects can develop out of regular course-work or take the form of honors theses and other independent projects. Anthropology students are also creators of websites, blogs, and documentary videos and other forms of public anthropology.
Videos by Anthropology majors:
- Video “Memories Matter” by Milton Guillen ’15 for the Anthropology of History and Memory (Fall 2012)
- Youtube video of Debbie Merzbach ’11 reading the children’s book she wrote about anthropology for 5-8 year olds. The book is called A Deep Ocean Ordeal: Whales Like Different Meals!
- Emily Bierwirth’s ’11 youtube video documentary about her flash mob.
Websites and Blogs by Anthropology majors and alumni:
- Students in AY298 Anthropology of Social Movements (Spring 2013) created a web-based exploration of five contemporary social movements
- Students in AY398 (Spring 2012) created a website that explores the Anthropology of contemporary issues
- Ethnomusicology website by Zachary Mitchell, ’11: Sonic Adventures.
- Laura Miller, ’11 made a website about local food.
- John Perkins, ’11: created a website about the use of social media and the Arab Spring uprisings.
- Molly Bennett, ’11 crafts radio documentaries and posts other media on a variety of subjects.
- Melyn Heckelman, ’08 blogs about her continuing connection to Anthropology post-Colby.
- Blogging about her experiences studying abroad in Senegal, Hannah De Angelis (’12) reflects on the study abroad experience.
- Colby alumni, Jennifer Gemmell (Anthropology) ’12, and Duncan Hardock are blogging about teaching English in Georgia (Europe)
- Eitan Green”s (’09) anthropology honors thesis research was the basis for this interactive view of the Global Climbing Community
Some other student projects:
- Research in Slab City, CA by Molly Bennett, ’11 Anthropology Major.
- To What Extent Should Anthropologists Be Activists? by Melyn Heckelman, ’08 Anthropology Major.
- A student guide to activism by Scott Wentzell,’11 Anthropology Major.