Faculty News

Himalaya in New York experience

ANTH 32 Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas with Prof. Kenneth M. Bauer.

This course introduces students to the peoples and cultures of Tibet and the greater Himalayan region (Nepal, northern India, Bhutan). The cultural, ecological, political, religious, and economic interfaces that define life on the northern and southern slopes of Earth's greatest mountain range are examined. In addition to learning about Himalayan and Tibetan lifeways, students will also be learning about how these mountainous parts of Asia have figured into occidental imaginings, from the earliest adventurers to contemporary travelers.

During spring term ’18 students traveled to New York City to experience "Himalaya in New York".



ANTH 50.23: “DNA, Identity, and Power” by Rick W. A. Smith

Rick W. A. Smith is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science and the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is also affiliated with the Indigenous STS Lab.

Rick Smith research merges social and biological anthropology to understand the interplay between power and materiality. He is interested in the ways that social, political, historical, and molecular forces act together in the formation of both human and non-human biology. Smith is especially concerned with the bodily impacts of inequalities across class, race, gender, and ethnic divides. He draws methodological and theoretical inspiration from genomics, epigenomics, archaeology, ethnography, queer and feminist science studies, indigenous feminisms, and decolonialism.

ANTH 50.23: “DNA, Identity, and Power”

Prof. Bauer’s class explores the Connecticut River and its people

"Class Explores the Connecticut River Valley and Its People". May 30, 2018  by Bill Platt.

The students in Kenneth Bauer’s “Conservation and Development” anthropology class set out in three 10-person voyageur canoes from the Ledyard Canoe Club recently for an exploration of the culture and people of the Connecticut River watershed.

During their Saturday on the river, the students observed land-use practices and fishing and boating activities and toured the Town of Hanover wastewater treatment facility with the facility manager Kevin MacLean. Then the group canoed downriver to Kilowatt Park in Hartford, Vt., where they landed and walked to a viewing platform over the Wilder Dam...

Click here to read the full article at Dartmouth News

Prof. Dominy in "Something Wild" by NHPR

Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Nate Dominy, was in today's -May 25, 2018-  NHPR radio show Something Wild by Andrew Parrella, Dave Anderson, and Chris Martin.

Smell that Olfactory

"The sense of smell among other sensory systems are relatively unchanged throughout mammalian history. As Nate Dominy, professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Dartmouth, says, “a lot of the traits we see in mammals are retention of those basic traits.”

Dominy suggested our olfactory sense was really important to our proto-mammalian ancestors. Picture it, it’s 70-80 million years ago, “dinosaurs and bird ancestors were dominating the diurnal landscape, so mammals are thought to be the subordinate creatures. There’s no way they could compete, so the only recourse was to be active at night.” And since there wasn’t a lot of light to see by, “they would have been highly dependent on olfaction for navigating through their environment, for detecting food resources” and just about everything else."

"Medical Gross Anatomy: Scars of Human Evolution"

Prof. DeSilva and Prof. Dominy will be teaching ANTH 42 "Medical Gross Anatomy: Scars of Human Evolution" during summer term ’18
Human anatomy is important for medical professionals, artists, and anthropologists. This dissection-based course will explore the human body and its many imperfections. The deficiencies of our bodies —clumsy compromises in our teeth, feet, backs, bottoms, and birthings— are chronic clinical concerns that reflect our evolutionary history. Taking a cue from Wilton Krogman’s 1951 classic, Scars of Human Evolution, this course will demonstrate how and how far the human body fails by the standards of intelligent design.

Study about New Guineans warriors bone daggers

Study by Nathaniel J. Dominy, Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology, Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor, Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) Graduate Program, has been featured in major publications.

Speaking of Science: "New Guineans carved human bones into ‘formidable, fierce-looking and beautiful’ daggers", by Ben Guarino April 24 from the Washington Post.

"Nathaniel J. Dominy, an anthropologist at Dartmouth College, has been studying these bone daggers for the better part of a decade. He was exploring the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, N.H., when he found the museum's collection of bone weapons. The ornate designs cut into the daggers captivated him."

Click here to read the full article in the Washington Post

Sienna Craig Named a Guggenheim Fellow

Article published in Dartmouth News on April 10, 2018  by Hannah Silverstein:

Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature, Sienna Craig, an associate professor of anthropology, and choreographer John Heginbotham, a lecturer in theater and director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, have been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, joining a cohort of 175 top scholars and artists selected from nearly 3,000 applicants.

Sienna Craig

“I see the Guggenheim as a recognition of deeply creative scholarship. For me personally, it validates forms of writing and approaches to anthropology that I’ve been working toward my entire career,” says Sienna Craig.

Craig will use the fellowship to complete a book, The Ends of Kinship: Care and Belonging between Nepal and New York City, 1998-2018. This work focuses on the Himalayan region in Nepal where she has worked for the past 20 years.

World Renowned Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Visited Dr. Bauer's Class

On April 5, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble visited “Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya” (ANTH 32). The musicians improvised on a boat song of Bengali extraction and discussed how musical cultures blend and inform each other. Like the commodities that were traded on the Silk Road, Yo-Yo Ma explained how musical ideas also spread, with the example of a Bedouin dance tune that migrated from Morocco to Europe in the 15th century, eventually becoming a wildly popular dance – the Serabande – in the French courts, until a composer in Saxony took up the form and reinvented it once again; the world renown cellist then thrilled the class by playing the fourth movement of Bach’s Cello Suite #1.

As part of the course’s theme of experiential learning, Dr. Bauer will take a group of students to NYC at the end of spring term '18 to immerse in the immigrant experience for communities from the Nepal Himalaya.