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Batuan paintingWelcome to anthropology

The teaching staff is excited about sharing with you the adventure of anthropology, the comprehensive, varied, and integrative study of what it means to be the social animal known as Homo sapiens.

Three outstanding lecturers cover four anthropological perspectives. Prof. Shawn Lehman acquaints the class with Evolutionary Anthropology, the study of the evolution and biological diversity of humans and non-human primates. Prof. Max Friesen teaches archaeology, the study of the material evidence of human activities in the past. Prof. Ivan Kalmar, the course organizer, lectures on Social-Cultural and on Linguistic Anthropology, which together cover how people represent the world to themselves and to others through language and other sign systems, as well as the great range of social and cultural organization in societies of varying complexity. 

Famous anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson collected thousands of paintings in Bali in the 1930's, many of them made to order. How much does the art made and sold today across Southeast Asia, such as the Balinese work seen above, owe to anthropologists? What effects do anthropologists have on the people they study? In what sense is what they study "authentic"?

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