Through a panel discussion on the key anthropological themes of ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cultural universals, reflexivity, and holism, we will tackle the issues of civil discourse and social awareness. Three international students will share their cultural stories (from behaviors as disparate as food taboos to marriage patterns) that we will then frame within the language of anthropology. By highlighting the universality of cultural responses to human needs, our goal with this presentation is to show how ethnographic stories can help each of us find the familiar in the foreign. In rethinking the foreign as familiar, tolerance and mutual respect for our cultural differences becomes not only possible but much more likely.
Presented by Dr. Barbara Jones, Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Matthew Kalos, Instructor of Anthropology