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Discover the Transformative Power of Anthropology

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Discover the Transformative Power of Anthropology

Episode 65
May, 2017
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From biology to culture, anthropology strives to gain a comprehensive understanding of humanity's development from primates to digital citizens.

Join acclaimed professor and field researcher Scott M. Lacy to delve into what anthropology has taught us about what it means to be human, where we came from, and what keeps us connected.

Start at the very root of our family tree, when proto-humans split away from other primates in the animal kingdom and follow Dr. Lacy through using tools, developing forms of communication, cultivating agriculture, and establishing social civilizations.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Scott M. Lacy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Fairfield University in Connecticut, delve into the theories and applications of the field of anthropology to help you understand this extraordinarily interdisciplinary field as a whole. Using examples from his real-life field work, you'll get introduced to the way we study culture, views of our own evolution, and the definition of humanity.
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