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AAA Member Appointed Dean of Global and Experiencial Learning

Wheaton College appointed Dr. Laura Montgomery to the position of Associate Dean of Global and Experiential Learning. In the newly created position, Dr. Montgomery will lead a central office that incorporates global and experiential learning as an essential part of students’ learning processes through curricular and co-curricular activities on and off campus.

Dr. Montgomery is currently Professor of Anthropology at Westmont College, where she has taught for the past 21 years, including 10 as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology She has published and presented scholarly work on topics including short-term medical missions, cultural training for mission volunteers and intercultural learning experiences for developing world Christians. She is co-authoring a book aimed at providing tools for the design of effective college-level global education programs.

“It is with gratitude that I return to my alma mater to be a part of another groundbreaking effort to globalize the classroom and experiential learning opportunities for new generations of students and the broader college community,” she says.

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Earth Day Roundup

On this Earth Day, we’re celebrating anthropologists!  Many anthropologists have been newsmakers lately, so here is a media round up to add to your weekend read:

An article of interest to be featured this Sunday, April 24th in the New York Times Magazine, Obama’s Young Mother Abroad.

And, no Earth Day would be complete without a few ideas of how you could celebrate the earth’s special day. With the assistance of the Anthropology and Environment Section, here are a few things you can do to celebrate Earth Day!

  • Make tonight a movie night! Pick up an eco-flick to watch with your family and friends. Need some film ideas? Click here.
  • Pick 5 for Your Environment – An EPA challenge to take five simple steps to make changes where you live.
  • Eat locally grown foods! Anthropology students at Arkansas Tech University are serving up locally produced foods and mapping the local, sustainable  foodshed.

Anthropologists have amply documented that meaningful lives are lived on low-energy budgets.
-Thomas Love (Linfield College)

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