Tag: creativity

Being Psychotically Adept— Placing Change, the Poetic Self, and Community Arts Together by Luke Kernan

For some time now, I have been volunteering at a local mental health clinic known as Foundry. One of the activities I have become involved in at the…

Big Bend: Narratives of Isolation

“Splendid Isolation, the Big Bend…” is how the National Parks Services introduces Big Bend National Park on its website. My partner and I recently took a several day…

Nov 5, 2019 Interview with Chris and Cara of Sausage of Science

Resolutionaries 2019

Matt Rose introduces the event with a poem.   Welcome and thank you for coming.  Before the films get up and running I’d like to invite us all…

Hummingbirds are Nature’s…

One of my passions is studying multispecies entanglements. As an anthropologist, the ways in which human activities affect the lives of other living organisms are of central interest…

Eitan Wilf on his new book, Creativity on Demand

https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo34094110.html Interview by Ilana Gershon Ilana Gershon: You describe how, when you explained your previous work on regimented jazz instructio…

Book Review: “How to Think Like an Anthropologist”

After each semester I evaluate what did and didn’t work in my classes. I didn’t teach Introduction to Anthropology for Fall 2018 so I had an extra semester…

Non-Modern Humans Were More Complex—and Artistic—Than We Thought

Fossil and archaeological evidence suggests that our ancient relatives found innovative ways to make and share meaning.   A recent exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas,…

The Value of Anthropology: My Story

Dr. Agustín Fuentes argues that it is human creativity that is the defining characteristic of our species ( see my review of The Creative Spark here: Book Review- The Creative…

Populations, Race, and The Sorites Paradox

The sorites paradox (also called the paradox of the heap) refers to a particular logical contradiction that arises from the analysis of vague terms (Sainsbury, 2009). Terms like…

Fall Semester, 2018 Courses

I am very excited to have three new preps for Fall, 2018. Course overviews are below. LBST 2213: Now this is not a new prep as I have…

Transparencies Report

  Introduction TRANSPARENCIES 2018  celebrated the creativity and initiative of our students,  how they gave of themselves and collaborated to be able to realise the films they wanted….

Beth Comstock and 7 truths for the C-suite

(This post was first published on Medium, April 3, 2018.) Anyone who works as a creative, a strategist, a planner, a story teller, a PR specialist, or a…

The case for culture in business, as clearly and forcefully as I can make it

This is an abbreviation of talk I gave for the design firm Thomas Pigeon in early April. It puts the “case for culture in business” as forcefully as I…

The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop: An Interview with Susan Ossman

Anthropologist and writer Helen Faller interviews Susan Ossman, Artistic Director of the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop and professor of Anthropology a University of California, Riverside. Helen: …

Tinderbox: Building an ingenuity machine

Several weeks ago, Mark Bernstein announced the latest Tinderbox, the “tool for notes.” I almost always sign up for these updates. I almost always give the new edition…

Taking up Space

 Nine years ago when I started my doctoral studies not only was I in a fertile intellectual endeavour undertaking fieldwork, reading theory, stretching my brain and writing,…

Dark Value, a new book published today

I wrote this brief book in 2015 and promptly put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Then a couple of days ago  (May 3, 2016), Virginia Postrel posted…

The ‘wicked grin’ test (as a new creative measure)

How do you know when something in our culture is really good? I think it’s when it makes us grin a wicked grin. This is one of those: Dave Chappelle does…

An interview with Noemi Charlotte Thieves

I had a chance to interview Noemi Charlotte Thieves on January 10. We were at a going-away party in Brooklyn and fell into conversation. The conversation was SO INTERESTING…

Screw the gift economy, a reply to Clay Shirky

I came across a post today by Gaby Dunn called “Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame.” Dunn gives us YouTube and Instagram celebrities…

anthro in the news 12/14/2015

On refugee-phobia Pilapa Esara Carroll, associate professor of anthropology at the College at Brockport of the State University of New York, co-authored an op-ed in the Democrat and…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Will Tyner, Fellow at Code for America

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring practicing anthropologists who work outside the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of…

Using art and audiovisual methods with migrants in Spain: an interview with Francesco Bondanini

Francesco Bondanini, a University of Kent alumnus, uses participatory visual methods to explore and empower the lives of migrants and detainees in Spain and Germany.  In the interview…