Portfolio Category: Anthropology

History of the Earliest States

History of the Earliest States

A foundational question underlying state formation is how we (Homo sapiens sapiens) came to live amid the unprecedented concentrations of domesticated plants, animals, and people that characterize states. From this ...
Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Confrontations between the powerless and the powerful are laden with deception – the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, prisoners, and ...
Darius the Great, Kings of Kings II

Darius the Great, Kings of Kings II

Although often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta’s spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king, they created the greatest empire ...
Lost In Translation (Socio-Linguistics)

Lost In Translation (Socio-Linguistics)

This class follows our familiar words and conversations into unfamiliar territory. It takes learners on a journey to distant lands to study the relationship between language and culture and how ...
Genius & Madness in Literature

Genius & Madness in Literature

Is there a connection between genius & madness, creativity & insanity? In this class, students will join others in lively discussions as we try to define “normal” and determine whether ...
Anthropology On The Front Lines

Anthropology On The Front Lines

Anthropology is typically associated with the study of faraway places and of “exotic,” “traditional” cultures, but, in fact, anthropologists have long studied “modern” life both in the West and elsewhere ...
Who Invented Trousers?

Who Invented Trousers?

Gender equality may have been advanced in steppe nomad tribes of antiquity where both men and women wore practical trousers, the first tailored garments created for riding horses, hunting, warfare, ...
Secret Hunting Language

Secret Hunting Language

This class explores the secret language of the hunters, Schak’webze, which was used by Circassian princes & nobles in their hunting expeditions. It also explores the many other secret languages ...