- I value your comments greatly though they confirm my worst fears for the
future direction of anthropology in the public educational/vocational
sector. Reductionism of content paired with corporate budgeting systems
with the accountants and lawyers determining curriculum requirements. I
must pass this on for discussion among our peers.
From: Deborah [mailto:missannas@...]
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 4:36 PM
To: Lewine, Mark
Subject: Re: Info
You probably don't have enough time for my thoughts on the state
of Western medicine and heath care. When I was in Nurses training
we received very little information concerning diversity. I nursed for
the last time in 1994. Life is too short and the stress in nursing is
tremendous. Last night I called a young woman that will graduate with a
Nursing in Dec. She is attending the same university I attended (WT
She is not going to practice as a nurse. Why? She has already found
that the stress is more than she wants. The entire medical delivery
system could use some serious couch time!
I asked her what she was taught about cultural diversity. She said
that most of her texts would have a chapter about different cultures,
and they covered more diverse situations in the Community unit than
Although I have not conducted research into the new texts, it appears
that nursing educators are meeting whatever cultural requirements in
the nursing texts themselves. I find this sad. I know that Texas Tech
nursing dept. still requires a cultural anthro. course, but Tech has an
WT A& M does not have any anthropologists as instructors.
I think the instructor teaching Archaeology has a MA in Geology.
People still ask me what is an anthropologist and what would you
teach. If they know anything about Anthropology they seem to
think it represents exotic people and exotic places. It seems that
Anthropology, at least in the hinterlands, has not been very well
nor has it been applied to everyday American life.
"Lewine, Mark" wrote:
> I will share your note with others and we will be more than glad toother
> connect you to our network, not only to share information but to share
> our common experience of overcoming the isolation of being 'the
> anthropologist' in the community college and even sometimes, in the
> community. All of us have to deal with the evolution "controversies"
> which take some real work to make it a teaching opportunity...and
> such issues. What I would like your help with for SACC and AAA, isthe
> issue of nursing education and the role of anthropology. We arerapidly
> seeing the disappearance of cultural anthro requirements in nursingearning
> curricula in many areas of the country...what are your thoughts??
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Deborah [mailto:missannas@...]
> Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 8:55 AM
> To: Lewine, Mark
> Subject: Re: Info
> Thanks for your note. Well my first degree was in nursing. After the
> were raised I returned to school and earned a MA in Anthropology from
> Tech. I believe learning is lifelong so I still have dreams of
> Ph.D.. But... finding
> a university close enough to home is impossible. Maybe one day I will
> able to get one online. In this area diversity is sometimes a
> thing to accept. I went to the local community college and asked if Ithe
> could teach a beginning anthropology course. They agreed. I went to
> AAA web site, joined, and have purchased the Rice and McCurdy book,and
> book , Teaching Anthropology. I will be using the Haviland text and
> McCurdy readings.
> I would appreciate any insights. It should be interesting.
> "Lewine, Mark" wrote:
> > Hi, sorry about the difficulties and thanks for being persistent.
> > is a national department and warm group of helpful friends. It
> > takes a new person 1-2 days to become a contributing member, once
> > come to one of our conferences and participate. We have one comingup
> > April that we will send you info. about. Ann Popplestone, our
> > will be in contact very soon to make that work for you, and Lloyd
> > Miller, our scribe, will be sending you some back issues of Teaching
> > Anthropology, our journal. Please send along some info about you-
> > interests and anything that would help us get to know you and get
> > connected in a helpful way. Mark Lewineour
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Deborah [mailto:missannas@...]
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 1:50 PM
> > To: Lewine, Mark
> > Subject: Info
> > Hello
> > I read your comments in the Anth News. I joined in July and I have
> > heard from anyone in the Comm College Div. I have been unable to
> > get your web page to work.
> > I joined because I am going to start teaaching Cultural Anthro at
> > local community college. I have a MA from Texas Tech. They haveI
> > never had anthropology taught at the college in this area.
> > I just thought yall might could give the new instructor some tips.
> > would
> > like to see some of the SACC Notes.
> > Deborah Summers