Anthropology Guest Lectures

I believe that if people understood and respected each other’s cultural differences that there would be much less conflict in the world.  Maybe it’s because I’ve traveled so much and have experienced first-hand the pleasures and productivity of cultural understanding, that I first wanted to teach anthropology. Or maybe it’s that I just felt that I am a teacher at heart and only resisted it as a career at first because I didn’t come from an educational background and was busy raising our children.  Whatever the reasons may be, I enjoy teaching so much so that before I got my first teaching position, I gave guest lectures for free for years in professional seminars, college classes and even guest taught elementary school classes (high school biology, 6th grade science, and art classes).

My goal with each presentation is to use storytelling, current events and recent scientific breakthroughs to engage and challenge students to re-assess their cultural biases and be more aware of our evolutionary adaptations, variations, and commonalities. I also share my disaster relief, archaeology, and ethnographic field work experiences to further bring anthropology alive as a potential career. As a master teacher has told me, “If you can’t reach ’em, you can’t teach ’em.” My aim is to “reach ’em” by making learning about “anthro” an engaging, relevant, and rewarding experience. Below are some of my past guest lectures.

Past Guest Lectures:

Ojai Public Library – Ventura County Bar Association Bioethics Section
Ojai Public Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA93023

  • Culture, Food & Biotechnology“Culture, Food & Biotechnology”
    Panel: Myself, Christopher Smith, PhD (University of California Cooperative Extension Ventura), Steve Sprinkle (Rancho Del Pueblo, Farmer and the Cook), Tracy Long, PhD (Fielding Graduate University)
    Biotech Law Seminar Series
    Biotech Law Section of the Ventura County Bar Association
    November 8, 2014

California State University Channel Islands Extended University
5383 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117

  • CSUCI_KIRFdisaster2014“Cross-Cultural Disaster Relief for Emergency Aid Workers and Healers –Notes from the field”
    Medical Anthropology for Nursing Students
    Professor: Jacqueline B. Sherman, RN,PhD
    April 3, 2014

Ventura BioCenter – Ventura County Bar Association Bioethics Section
1176 Tourmaline Dr., Thousand Oaks CA 91320

  • vbc_culturalproperty071714“Bioprospecting: Intangible Cultural Property and Legal Dilemmas”
    Panel: Myself, Steven C. Bobzin, PhD (Monsanto), Steve Sprinkle (Rancho Del Pueblo, Farmer and the Cook), John Foster, RPA (Greenwood & Associates, Inc.)
    Biotech Law Seminar Series
    Biotech Law Section of the Ventura County Bar Association
    July 10, 2014

AAA Conference 2013
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

  • AAA 2013 Conference Lecture "Disjunctures Between Pre-Race and Post-Race Foodways and Practice of Triathletes and Marathon Runners“Disjunctures Between Pre-Race and Post-Race Foodways and Practices of Triathletes and Marathon Runners”
    Session: Foodways in Discourse and Practice: A Discussion of Ethnographic Methods
    Reviewed: Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
    November 24, 2013

Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003

    • Three presentations:
      • “Gender, Work and Identity in Rural Bihar, India”
      • “An Introduction to what I do: Applied Anthropology and ResearchGender, Work, and Identity in Rural Bihar, India anthropology powerpoint lectureAnthropology”
      • “Disjunctures Between Pre- and Post-Race Foodways and Practices of Triathletes and Marathon Runners” (Food Studies Methodology Presentation at the 2013 American Anthropology Association Conference)

      Anthropology of Women
      Professor: Maria Teresa Fumerodo, PhD
      February 12, 2014

  • “Power, Gender, and Social Change in Rural Bihar, India”
    Anthropology of WomenPower, Gender & Social Change in Bihar, India
    Professor: Maria Teresa Fumerodo, PhD
    March 27, 2013
  • “Women Awakening in Bihar, India: The Caste System in India and Women Awakening: Women in Rural BiharDalit Women and Children”
    International Women’s Day
    Professor: Maria Teresa Fumerodo, PhD
    March 21, 2007

California State University Channel Islands Extended University
5383 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117

  • Cross-cultural Disaster Relief“Cross-Cultural Disaster Relief for Emergency Aid Workers and Healers –Notes from the field”
    Medical Anthropology for Nursing Students
    Professor: Jacqueline B. Sherman, RN,PhD
    April 4, 2013

Oak Grove School
220 West Lomita Ave., Ojai, CA 93023

  • Hominins: Evolution of Bipedal Apes“Hominins: Evolution of Bipedal Apes”
    Human Evolution and the Fossil Record
    6th Grade, Teacher: Jim Bailey
    October 3, 2013
  • “From Apes to Humans: Archeological Evidence of the First Hominins (Pre-Australopithecines)”Apes to Humans: Earliest Hominins
    Human Evolution & Paleoarcheology
    10th Grade Biology, Teacher: Addie Deupree
    April 19, 2013
  • “Urban Revolution in Western Mesoamerica: From ‘Savage’ to ‘Civilized’ to Collapse in Teotihuacan”
    Social Urban Revolution: From Savage to Civilized to Collaps in TeotihuacanEvolution & Mesoamerican History
    7th/8th Grade, Teacher: Faith Reynado
    April 12, 2013
  • “From Apes to Humans: 7 Million Years of Hominin History”
    Human Evolution and the Fossil Record
    6th Grade, Teacher: Jim Apes to Humans: Human Evolution Fossil RecordBailey
    November 8, 2010