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2018 New Course – Race and Ethnic Relations: Discovering New Solutions

Visiting a Seminar Class

It’s a brand new semester and I am teaching a brand new course entitled, “Race and Ethnic Relations: Discovering New Solutions.” Although it took a while for this course to be approved, I felt that it was necessary to establish an undergraduate course like this one simply because there was nothing in our Anthropology department as well as in Harriott College of Arts & Sciences which would address the issues of race and ethnic relations in the manner of which that I wanted to do.

In general, the major course objectives are:

  1. To examine, discuss, and debate the major concepts and theories asssociated with race and ethnic relations.
  2. To apply anthropological techniques to collect cultural data on specific issues on race and ethnic relations.
  3. Develop individual and/or group race and ethnic relations solutions.

Thus, the primary focus of this course is for students to find new ways to resolve all types of race and ethnic relation and to DISCOVER new solutions!!

Check out a couple of photos of my first class on Race and Ethnic Relations here at ECU!

 

Here is a portion of my new Race and Ethnic Relations Class

Fall 2017 Cultural Anthropology & Ethnic Studies Class – We Made it!

Amazing!!! Our Fall 2017 Cultural Anthropology & Intro to Ethnic Studies class has completed! This is the very FIRST time that I combined an Introductory Cultural Anthropology class with a brand new Introductory to Ethnic Studies class this semester! The primary reason for combining both classes was that we covered similar content material and that both set of students would benefit in being together in the same classroom.

I would say that it was definitely a SUCCESS!! I truly enjoyed the combination of these two undergraduate classes because the way that I teach these classes involves lots of interaction and engagement of lecture material and I believe the students appreciated the added discussions and class exercises.

So yes — we made it and I want to thank both classes for an excellent Fall 2017 semester!

 

 

Cultural Anthropology Class – Fall 2016

WE ARE BACK!!

It’s the beginning of another academic year here at East Carolina University and I am delighted to get the semester started. One of the classes that I teach during the fall semester is an undergraduate course – Cultural Anthropology. On the very first day of class, the large lecture hall (Rm 265) was filled to capacity. This was the FIRST time that this lecture hall was filled to capacity for my Cultural Anthropology course. Quite naturally, I LIKED IT – the bigger, the better!

The major objectives of my Cultural Anthropology class are: 1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts; 2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity; 3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it; and 4. To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.

What I REALLY try to emphasize in this Cultural Anthropology class is for ALL my students to take more of an effort in gaining a “Cultural Relativistic” perspective of other people and their culture as well as to discover how Cultural Anthropology can help their major AND become more employable when they graduate from ECU.

Yet, I was caught by a big surprise during the first week of the semester. I became very sick suddenly and was hospitalized for dehydration during the first week. I therefore had to miss a couple of days. Fortunately, I recovered quickly because of the great treatment from my primary physician and the medical professionals at Vidant Health hospital.

So what a way to START THE SEMESTER!!

I want to thank my Cultural Anthropology class for their patience and understanding and NOW we are Officially BACK in stride lecturing about Cultural Anthropology.

Here are few photos of my Cultural Anthropology students as well as a few Selfies!

Cultural Anthro class 1

Cultural Anthro class 1

Cultural Anthro class 2

Cultural Anthro class 2

Cultural Anthro Selfie 1

Cultural Anthro Selfie 1

Cultural Anthro Selfie 3

Cultural Anthro Selfie 3

Cultural Anthro Selfie 2

Cultural Anthro Selfie 2