Reviewed by: Archaeology Division
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Science
Secondary Theme: Teaching
Anthropological Resilience requires disciplinary adaptation to changing demographics, environmental trends, and consumer demand for our expertise and unique approaches. When the contributions anthropologists make to human adaptability are not evident to those societies that must adapt in order to remain resilient, messaging failures may be partly at fault. This roundtable discussion aims to bring together a diverse group of educators, anthropological education coordinators and outreach specialists, archaeologists and cultural anthropologists, to discuss areas of observed need, proven and failed strategies, as well as recommendations for future action. To focus the discussion, we will consider how different research problems concerning the environment can fruitfully tap into new technologies, especially geospatial tools or other innovations, as a form of outreach and engagement. Anthropological studies of the environment, whether by archaeologists, socio-cultural anthropologists, or others, have long incorporated the newest technological advances, but the utility and potential for engagement in STEM curricula and for solving current global issues has perhaps lagged behind in the realm of public awareness.