Wow, this Spring semester is flying by and this is the first time that I am able to highlight one of my Spring courses — Race and Ethnic Relations: Discovering New Solutions. This is the second time in which I am teaching this new course that I feel needs to be taught in our Anthropology department and our College of Arts & Sciences due to the fact that there is no other course selection that lectures, investigates and discusses issues of race and ethnic relations to the extent that I cover in this class.
Basically, the course objectives are:
1. Review the major concepts and theories associated with race and ethnic relations.
2. Highlight the major race and ethnic relations issues locally in eastern North Carolina, each region of the United States, and the United States in general.
3. Review anthropological techniques to collect cultural data on specific issues on race and ethnic relations.
4. Provide a framework for students to develop individual and/or group race and ethnic relations solutions.
From the start, this class has been a bit more hesitant to engage deeply with the topics of race and ethnic relations yet once I started providing other avenues of discussion, the students interacted and engaged more on several culturally-sensitive topics. Oftentimes, I would divide the classroom up into small groups to examine a most relevant topic and then present their issues to the class.
Check out a few photos.
Here is my race and ethnic relations class.
Well, here we are again. Another Fall Semester and new academic year (2018 – 2019) has started! I can’t believe how the summer went by so fast and now we are starting a brand new year!!
Normally, I would have posted about my fall classes earlier yet we were interrupted by Hurricane Florence during the week of September 10 thru 19th!! Classes were cancelled and students had to leave the university entirely!
Now, we are back in the flow of the semester and my COMBINED class – Intro to Cultural Anthropology and Intro to Ethnic Studies — is coming along very well. The major course objectives are:
- To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology — its fundamental principles and key concepts.
- To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.
- To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.
- To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.
Check out a few photos of my great class!
Cultural Anth & Ethnic Studies – Photo 1
Cultural Anth & Ethnic Studies – Photo 2
Well, it finally happened! My new study abroad course was approved and I took my first set of graduate public health students to Vienna, Austria and London, England. This course was a new course that I have been working on for the past 3 years. It finally was placed into the ECU system and enough students enrolled in which I could make plans to travel abroad during the summer session.
The first part of this Summer I course was online in which my colleague in Public Health and I presented our lectures to the students. I lectured about the history of Austrian and England health care systems and my colleague lectured about the basic components of epidemiology. After the students completed their weekly assignments and took their Midterm exam, they were ready to travel abroad with me.
Here were the major course objectives:
- Examine and experience the countries of Austria and England.
- Evaluate and critique the major public health systems and policies of Austria and England.
- Develop a global public health initiative for a specific public health issue in either Austria or England.
For 2 weeks, my graduate students (Rebecca, LaKeisha, and Kami) and I visited and conducted public health fieldwork in the neighborhoods of Vienna, Austria and London, England. Wow!! What a great cultural experience and opportunity to observe, interact, engage and learn from local residents about their public health and medical systems!
Kami, Rebecca, LaKeisha and I in Vienna
Rebecca, LaKeisha, Kami and I in London
I highly RECOMMEND all students (graduate and undergraduate) to take the opportunity to travel abroad while they are still here at ECU! It will be well worth all the time and energy. The most important take away from my global public health study abroad experience is that my GRADUATE STUDENTS now see public health and medicine in a completely different way now!
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:
- To examine, discuss, and debate the major concepts and theories asssociated with race and ethnic relations.
- To apply anthropological techniques to collect cultural data on specific issues on race and ethnic relations.
- 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
Here is the other side of my lecture hall with the rest of my students!
Here is the other side of the lecture hall.
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!
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 2
Cultural Anthro Selfie 1
Cultural Anthro Selfie 3
Cultural Anthro Selfie 2