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Program Overview

What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of people and cultural difference both past and present.  Anthropology is a holistic field that uses the wide variety of human expression and practices around the globe as its source of data.  The central feature of Anthropology is ethnography and fieldwork, which entails the study of how people make meaning from the world around them.

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Recent Events ::


Antarctic Edge: 70degrees South
Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Preston

Omar Tesdell: Nature Reserves, Territory, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin 304

Open Sounds, Hidden Spaces: Listening, Wandering, and Spatial Formation in Sufi Iran
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 101

The Rickshaw and the Policeman: Zulu Men, Work and Clothing in Colonial Natal
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: RKC 115

Alumni Profiles ::

Nicholas Shapiro, '08
After studying anthropology and global public health at Bard I went on to study medical anthropology at the University of Oxford. In many ways my senior project at Bard was both more ambitious and successful than my masters at Oxford. The analytical depth of my undergraduate studies is largely a reflection of the availability, insight and contemporary research interests of the Bard anthropology faculty. I am currently doing fieldwork in New Orleans for my doctorate and drawing inspiration from Bard faculty as I teach for the Bard Early College in New Orleans. My work focuses on the biocultural fallout of disaster responses--a line of study that first began to intrigue me as I started to think through my senior project that focused on governmental plans for responding to infectious disease outbreaks MORE ::