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Undergraduate Program

Public Anthropology

In public anthropology, we take anthropology out of the academy and into the community. Public anthropology includes both civic engagement and public scholarship more broadly, in which we address audiences beyond academia. It is a publicly engaged anthropology at the intersection of theory and practice, of intellectual and ethical concerns, of the global and the local. As with other forms of public scholarship, it requires us to become involved in issues of public interest both across the world and down the street. These issues include not only such urgent public concerns as immigrants' lives, eating disorders, women in the workplace, AIDS, human rights, transitions from mass violence, and the legacies of slavery, but also such locally specific concerns as place and public memory.