I often meet people in and around my community who don’t know what anthropology is. This isn’t terribly surprising, since anthropology is not taught at the K-12 level, and it’s a major that undergraduates don’t know too much about until they take an intro course. As such, I’m committed to making anthropology more publicly visible, particularly now that I live in Florida, where our governor doesn’t think too highly of this discipline.
Some of my projects aimed at creating a more publicly accessible anthropology and making anthropologists and their work more visible include:
- Fall 2014 – Creation of Virtebra – the Virtual Bones & Artifacts Lab at UWF. With two 3D scanners and two 3D printers, I am working with graduate student Mariana Zechini to digitize a vast range of artifacts and skeletal remains. Up-to-date information on our efforts can be found at the Virtebra blog. All our 3D scans are made public through a GitHub repository; here you can view the scans in your browser or download them for printing.
- Spring 2013 – Forming the Gulf Coast Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. By harnessing the intense interest in archaeology in the city of Pensacola, I am working to establish a new AIA society, as the closest current one is in Tallahassee, three hours away. My secondary goal is to bring more classical archaeology information and speakers to this area, which is largely focused on local historical, underwater, and prehistoric archaeology. If you are interested in signing up for our new society or volunteering to help me set it up, please contact me.
- Spring 2013 – Teaching a graduate seminar called Presenting Anthropology. Graduate students are the future of this field and need to learn how to gain the public’s attention through a variety of media, both traditional and new/social. I am blogging about this endeavor throughout the semester and will be highlighting the work of these graduate students in presenting their research through print, audio, video, and other media.