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Location:
ELA 114
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Nicole Taylor | ntaylor@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Anthropology
Anthropology Speakers' Series Presents

When Ethnography Matters: Reflections on Research and Teaching with Digital Storytelling

Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of North Texas

Media plays a big part in our contemporary lives. It allows us to connect, imagine, transform. Media yields part of its power from the ability to tell richly layered stories. In anthropology, stories play a crucial role in ethnographic inquiry. Through a variety of tools anthropologists are able to capture stories and share the world as seen from someone else’s point of view. Yet in the process of recording, interpreting, and sharing stories anthropologists often take a leading role. What happens when media and storytelling combine in a collaborative process guided by both anthropologists and participants? What are the implications for making anthropology matter in the classroom and beyond? I draw on my research and teaching with digital storytelling, particularly my co-edited volume with Aaron Thornburg and Angela Booker Deep Stories: Practicing, Teaching and Learning Anthropology with Digital Storytelling, to discuss its potential for an anthropology that matters to youth and novice students in the discipline. I argue that digital storytelling allows anthropologists to intentionally tap into a relational space or mutuality (Sanjek 2015) offering opportunities for human connection and change. I highlight my work with youth through the IamWe program to illustrate the intersections of media and storytelling in creating spaces to think and act among high school students. I also reflect on my teaching to illustrate how digital storytelling makes ethnography alive for upper division undergraduate students. Finally, I conclude with some reflections from my work with undocumented youth activists to show the importance of storytelling through media when action is necessary and urgent.
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Location:
114
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Nicole Taylor | ntaylor@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology Speakers' Series

presents

The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey

a talk by

Spencer Wells

Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur. For over a decade he was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Director of the Genographic Project, which collected and analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet, in the process launching the consumer genomics industry. Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has appeared in numerous documentary films and is the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry and Pandora's Seed. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries, where he has collaborated with everyone from heads of government and Fortune 500 corporations, to tribal chieftains eking out a precarious living in places as remote as Chad, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is founder and CEO of consumer genomics startup Insitome, an adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and owner of the iconic blues club Antone’s.

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