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Emma Roll shoots footage for her ethnographic film "They Come in Waves." The documentary explores how surf tourism is affecting beach communities throughout Latin America.

Reel Life

September 12, 2011

A year of hard work came to an exciting culmination Friday, Sept. 9, as nine students in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology (MVA) program in USC Dornsife debuted the ethnographic documentary films they spent the past 12…

From left to right: Chris Hammons, lecturer in anthropology; Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion, and chair of the CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group; Jane Iwamura, assistant professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity; and Brad Nabors, Ph.D. candidate in sociology. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Getting Religion

May 31, 2011

Not long after Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, Christian Hammons was sitting at a coffee shop in Bukittinggi, a city on Sumatra’s tourist circuit. Hammons, who was about to begin his doctoral…

USC College professors Tok Thompson (left) and Jon Berliner will host a series of Native American workshops starting March 5. Berliner photo credit Megan Christopher.

Native American Workshops Begin March 5

February 23, 2010

A series of upcoming workshops spearheaded by USC College professors Tok Thompson and Jon Berliner will revive intellectual discussions of essays on Native American history and culture. “I believe that students can…

<em>Avatar</em> director James Cameron on the set of the film. Photo credit Mark Fellman, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

A World All Their Own

December 23, 2009

Filmmakers are storytellers, but they are also architects and anthropologists. They must create whole worlds in which their stories can unfold. And the worlds they create must be coherent and believable, be they a…

Portraits by Eric O’Connell Photography. O’Connell, a professional photographer, is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology program at USC College. His project focuses on the visual ethnography of men and women in Germany who have adopted the “lifestyle” of the American cowboy.

Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists

October 23, 2009

Twenty-six years ago the first visual research center at USC within the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences was founded by Academy award winner Barbara Myerhoff ("Number Our Days"). The program thrived and was further…

Peter Mancall will discuss his new book about Henry Hudson’s final journey on C-SPAN2 on Oct. 12 at 6 a.m. (ET). Mancall photo credit Philip Channing.

Peter Mancall on C-SPAN Book TV Monday, Oct. 12

October 9, 2009

By now, Peter Mancall should be used to appearing on television. Monday, Oct. 12, will mark the second time in three months that viewers can watch Mancall discuss his new book on Henry Hudson. The director of the…

There is Hope: The Proof is in the Plume

There is Hope: The Proof is in the Plume

October 8, 2009

Dr. Jane Goodall, internationally renowned anthropologist and world conservationist, filled Bovard Auditorium on Oct. 6 with both a capacity crowd and, more importantly, a renewed sense of hope for a world in need. People of…

USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus reads from her new book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon

Nancy Lutkehaus Fascinates with New Book

February 18, 2009

In her latest book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon, USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus expertly researches and draws upon scholarly papers, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs,…

Hanging with the Lemurs

Hanging with the Lemurs

October 1, 2007

Nayuta Yamashita’s office is in the Alan Hancock Foundation Building, right in the heart of USC’s campus. But her lab, in the truest sense, is halfway around the world. In June, the USC College anthropologist had…

Pioneering Anthropologist was Authority on the Tiv Tribe

Pioneering Anthropologist was Authority on the Tiv Tribe

July 1, 2007

Paul James Bohannan, known as the world’s leading expert on the Tiv of Nigeria, has died. He was 87. An emeritus professor of anthropology at USC College, Bohannan’s rich body of work as a cultural and social…