On March 14th, the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series started with an excellent presentation and discussion from Binta Dixon. Currently, Binta is a senior Anthropology major who will be graduating this Spring 2012 and attending graduate school in the fall. Binta presented her recent student exchange oppportunity where she spent time at the University of Botswana in South Africa.
Binta showed excellent slides of the Botswana people, countryside, city, animal reservation, University of Botswana, Aparteid Museum and her research team. Binta research project involved examining the local indigenous languages and developing strategies to preserve them. After her talk, Binta received several questions from my Professional Development Anthropology class who were in attendance. At the end of her talk, Binta stated that she learned that she had more similar ways of life as the Botswana people.
In addition, Binta talked about her next phase of her career which includes preparing for graduate school. She has applied to doctoral anthropology programs and it looks like she will be ready to start in the fall. One of the reasons why Binta felt strongly about Anthropology and importance of furthering her education in graduate school is primarly that anthropology allows a student to be creative and to develop their own type of higher education “expertise.”
Included are several photos of our first speaker for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series.