I Wish I had Studied Under John Hawks!

I would have probably gotten my Ph.D., I say this because of this must read article. I love this bit:

Like any radicals, they weren’t always right. Any working scientist will be wrong about most of the details, if we revisit his work after fifty years. What makes anthropology weak today is that so many anthropologists learn nothing about scientific anthropology after Boas. They’re reactionaries against science, without knowing what today’s scientists do.

What makes me say that I wish I had studied under Hawks? This:

As an teacher and advisor, I make sure my graduate and undergraduate students get skills that will transfer into the broadest chance of success. Graduate students teach, they engage with the public, and they cross disciplines in their work. They present their work repeatedly, at professional meetings, for our faculty, for other students, and outside of anthropology. Most important, they develop skills that translate outside academia. For some students, this means anatomy, for others genetics. All of them learn to program a computer, most learn to browse genomes and operate on genetic data. My assignments are collaborative, students blog and participate in conversations; they produce and edit videos; they participate in real research. For my students, anthropology is a preparation for a networked future. Engagement is not an option, it is a requirement.

Read the rest!

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One Response

  1. Sweet, thanks!

    Another thing — my students don’t study “under” me, they study “with” me! It’s everything I can do to keep up with what they’re learning.

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