Teaching Culture: The Pedagogy of Anthropology
April 28th & 29th, 2006
University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology

Friday April 28th

The Pedagogical Mission of Anthropology
3:00-5:30pm, Haskell 315

Workshop Leaders: George Stocking (University of Chicago), Jean Comaroff (University of Chicago), Jennifer Cole (University of Chicago)

  • What is Anthropology’s pedagogical mission within the context of a liberal arts education?
  • What skills and knowledges do undergraduates majoring in Anthropology need to acquire?
  • How does the discipline of Anthropology distinguish itself pedagogically from other disciplines in the Social Sciences?
  • What does it mean to teach a class from an anthropological perspective?

Wine and cheese reception, Haskell Mezzanine

Saturday April 29th

Anthropology 101: Introducing the Discipline
10:00am – 12:30 pm, Haskell 315

Workshop leaders: Judith Farquhar (University of Chicago), Larry Nesper (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Kathleen Morrison (University of Chicago)

  • How do we teach an intro/survey course in Anthropology?
  • How should an introductory course speak to the four fields of the discipline?
  • What is the relationship between text (or textbook), lecture, and discussion in a large introductory Anthropology class?
  • How can we develop creative syllabi for intro classes?

Pedagogical Strategies for Anthropology
2:00- 4:30 pm, Haskell 315

Workshop leaders: Robert Rotenberg (DePaul University), Shane Greene (Indiana University), Holly Swyers (University of Chicago)

  • Are there specific classroom dynamics that distinguish the discipline of Anthropology?
  • What pedagogical strategies work best in Anthropology classes?
  • What kinds of assignments and projects are best suited to critical thinking within our discipline?
  • What is the relationship between our teaching and our research and how can they build on each other?

Dinner in Hyde Park for conference participants

Sponsored by the Lichtstern Fund, Student Government, and the Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods.