(Belated) Welcome to Fall 2008!!

Welcome back, all culture vultures!  The editors apologize for being so far behind the times, and vow to do better from now on! 

There are a lot of wonderful things happening this semester, on campus and in the community, for everyone interested in culture and anthropology.  One of the most exciting new developments is a new student organization – The Cultural Lens – which is open to everyone who really cares about culture.  We will profile it very soon and provide a way for you to sign up.

Stay tuned, too, for news about many of the field trips and campus activities The Cultural Lens will be sponsoring.  There are many other happenings you might want to check out, offered through the Human Mosaic, the Cofrin Friends of the Library, the Common Theme (Waging War, Waging Peace), and many others.  We will remind you about them and let you know when and where they are (and try to be timely about it!) as they happen.

Let us also take this moment to give three huge cheers to WELCOME BACK Dr. Lynn Walter, who was away on what we hope was a very refreshing and yet productive sabbatical last year.  Dr. Walter is back in her position as Chair of Anthropology, and as such is the person you should go to with your advising questions.  We are all very happy to have you back, Lynn!

Please remember to send us information about cultural events in your communities, papers or exhibits you are presenting or are involved in, or anything else you think folks would like to know about. 

Meeting the Evolution Requirement for Anthropology

Students may have noticed that Anthro 342 is not being offered in Fall 2008.  Well, there is good news and bad news.  The bad news is that Anthro 342 will not be offered anymore.  The good news is that now you can take Biol 309: Evolutionary Biology (it has the same prereq of Biol 203), and it will be offered every semester.  It will cover the same content, and Professor Meinhardt, who teaches both classes, works very hard to ensure that the needs of anthropology minors are met.  There will be many human examples, and you should never be asking yourself “why I am taking this, again?”. 

Furthermore, Professor Meinhardt is sensitive to the fears and anxieties that some students have about biology, and he is more than willing to help anthropology students set up study groups and even to meet with them.  We know that you will all find him very easy to work with, and we encourage you to meet with your advisors if you have any questions or concerns.�