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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 ::

Susan Levine, '87
My studies at Bard prepared me for more than just academic life. It prepared me for life, with all its complexity, sorrow, and grace. At the height of apartheid in 1986, I conducted research for my senior thesis on a South African play, which I used as a lens through which to comment on the uneven relationships between gender, class, and race among women in South Africa. This formative experience paved the way for my post-graduate research on youth activism in Cape Town (MA) and children's particpation as workers in South Africa's wine industry (PhD). MORE ::