Re: [SACC-L] Re: Recommendation for Conservative Anthropology Universities?
- Dear Mark,
Thanks for your input! I am glad to get a different perspective. I was
thinking he wanted to find a school that wouldn't be teaching his daughter
evolution. Now that everyone is required to put syllabi on the web, he can
do the research to find that out. I mentioned that there will be a certain
similarity in all college anthropology courses because they have to follow
legislative and accrediting guidelines. I also mentioned that a lot of
colleges have only one anthropology course, like Texas Lutheran in Seguin,
where I also taught and that I don't know of an "Anthropology College".
Thank you for saying such nice things about Austin!
On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM, Mark Lewine <mlewine@...> wrote:
> Carol, my daughter just got married in Austin last Spring, and I spent
> considerable time in your wonderful city. Far from being a red-kneck
> conservative bastion, Austin is quite diverse, one of our country's
> intellectual centers in many fields, which has the benefit of governance
> money as the capital, well-funded large university which attracted many top
> professors with high salaries, a high tech center for the region which
> attracted and continues to attract contemporary hardware and software
> companies with high level jobs. Since anthropologists support diversity,
> there is of course room for religious, social conservative parents who are
> happy to support a college education but fear social pressure on their
> freshman child. As 18-19 year old young people tend to rebel, I remember
> considering an ultra conservative school for my daughter, just to make sure
> she would rebel and become what I wanted her to be: a rebel who knew why
> she wanted to be one. That is not unsimilar to the emotional set that this
> parent feels. If I were you, I would suggest that the parent consider
> quality of professors and programs in areas of the students'
> interests...for example, several of the colleges mentioned here are heavily
> focused on archaeology, and while all of them have full distribution of
> anthropological fields of interest, they do have more archaeological
> faculty than other subfields. Rice has always had a fine reputation in both
> liberal arts and sciences, and has always been known to be one of the best
> quality universities for in-state students...my advice would be to
> encourage the student to choose a college like Rice which has real
> diversity of high quality programs to offer. If I read the parent's
> emotional set correctly, a college with the labels of Southern Methodist
> might make the parent feel better and it is a good school, but it does
> emphasize archaeology...so I would make sure that the student has
> archaeological fieldwork interests. All of the schools offer much and are
> fairly large, with both graduate and undergrad programs...I might add a
> college or two that is smaller with a good anthro program in which the
> faculty spend their time with the undergraduate students. My son found that
> situation in Wooster College in Ohio and it worked very well for him and
> most other students. Southwestern U. in your list is somewhat similar to
> this kind of small college...the problem is that the dept. of anthro is
> very small and mixed with the sociology department...so it depends on what
> kind of person/student this is: one who thrives as a self-starter, who can
> deal with a large diverse university, as this list suggests, should
> probably pick the best quality school with resources and diversity in her
> areas of interest. For conservative values, Baylor probably fits the label
> best, but is just not the quality school that this parent should want for
> the student.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Carol Hayman
> To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 5:24 PM
> Subject: [SACC-L] Re: Recommendation for Conservative Anthropology
> Dear SACCers,
> I received this email from a "concerned parent". It does feel like a trick
> question, but yes, we are in Texas. I told him I would consult my
> colleagues for advice, which is you, so any thoughts?
> My daughter is a Senior in high school in the Austin area. She wants to
> study Anthropology in College.
> Can you recommend a way for me to find a conservative Anthropology College?
> I assume there is a broad range in worldviews from college to college.
> Not sure I can get her to an overtly Christian college, but would like to
> get her to one that is as conservative as possible.
> Can you provide me a list of colleges that you would recommend?
> I have searched the internet for conservative anthropology colleges and
> have found nothing to help.
> Right now her list includes:
> - Southwestern University
> - University of Houston
> - rice
> - SMU
> - Austin College
> - University of Evansville
> - George Washingtin U
> - Cal Berkeley
> - Syracuse
> Of these listed, would you rank any of these as more conservative or less
> conservative (Cal Berkeley I assume) ?
> Are there any not on this list that you would recommend?
> Carol Hayman
> Professor of Anthropology
> Austin Community College
> Voice mail: 223-1790 x 22932
> Office hours: Round Rock MW 11:30 - 12:00 Room 2210.08 Building 2000,
> Rio Grande TTH 10:30 - 12:00 Room 250.1 (Annex) 223-3403
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Professor of Anthropology
Austin Community College
Voice mail: 223-1790 x 22932
Office hours: Round Rock MW 11:30 - 12:00 Room 2210.08 Building 2000,
Rio Grande TTH 10:30 - 12:00 Room 250.1 (Annex) 223-3403
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