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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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News & Events ::

Anthropology Social
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: RKC Lobby

The Invisible Animal:
The Morality of Sacrifice and Interspecies Care in Experimental Lab Science

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Recent Events ::

Spun Dry: Mobility, Morbidity, and Jurisdiction in Northern Australia
Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102

Engaged Ethnography in Iraq with Kali Rubaii, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Kline French Room

The Black Box of Police Torture
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102

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, where I received my masters ('10) and doctorate ('14). Many of the ideas, authors and texts that I found myself returning to in grad school were ones that I first began to work through at Bard or were later recommended to my by Bard classmates. That my undergraduate studies remained a relevant and leading force in my graduate studies is largely a reflection of the availability, insight and contemporary research interests of the Bard anthropology faculty. My work focuses on common and corrosive chemicals that hold together the build environment but also contribute to our biological unraveling. To begin to understand these paradoxes of modern society I need simultaneously understand multiple strata of phenomena (scientific practice, economic logics and the poetics of making due, for example) and to temper these multiple literacies with the attentiveness of anthropology to both minute, overlooked details and to macro-scale regimes that are almost too big to apprehend. In addition to my academic work I actively work with NGOs to create open source environmental monitoring and remediation devices so that communities that face environmental threats can remake their world even when the state fails to intervene. Such creative endeavors are only possible because of my grounding in arts practice at Bard. As a tour guide at Bard almost a decade ago I used to recite canned lines, with a smirk, about the fierce interdisciplinary encouraged at Bard. Now as I move between laboratories, university lecture halls, hacker spaces and art galleries I remember, with a nostalgic smile, the dynamic power of my anthropologically attuned Bard education. MORE ::