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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 ::

Instruments of Lament: Communication without Words in the New Orleans Jazz Funeral
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102

Neo Muyanga: A Study in Sound and Image
Monday, November 10, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Bard Hall, Bard College Campus

Film - Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema

Silence, Taboo, and Everyday Practices of Revolution: What Sovereignty Feels Like
Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102

Whitehead’s Process, Music’s Reality:
Sound and Affect after the Ontological Turn

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 6:00 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. 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 ::