In this pithy post, I share the working draft of my syllabus for the Introduction to Anthropology (AN109B) course I’ll be teaching this fall for 31 students at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. Check out my shiny new faculty profile on SMC’s Anthropology Department website. Because #2020, we will be meeting virtually, and running all our classes via Zoom and something else called Echo360, in addition to Canvas and Google Docs. I’m excited to be back “in the classroom.” Moreover, I’m excited to be teaching with Investigating Culture, an excellent textbook Dr. Melissa Rosario recommended as well as with Dr. Teresa Mares‘s recent ethnography of migrant farmworkers and food justice in Vermont, Life on the Other Border. And finally, bringing many of my loves and lives together, we’re also going to read The Dispossessed—a speculative/science fiction novel written by Ursula K. LeGuin, child of old-school-famous anthropologists Alfred Louis Kroeber and Theodora Covel Kracaw Kroeber Quinn.
There’s much more I could say about how I chose these texts and why, and how I designed the arc of the syllabus. I’m going to leave it here, though, and welcome any comments.