RAI@USC 2020: Teaching Anthropology with Film

Saturday, March 7 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), DML 241
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

This session looks at the role of film in teaching anthropology past, present, and future—from a Sputnik-era elementary school science curriculum to the tradeoffs of using Hollywood films to teach anthropological ideas and classroom tactics addressed to the changed place of media in contemporary society.

Organizer: Jennifer Cool
Presenters: Stephen Hughes, Steven Schindler, Nancy Lutkehaus, Jennifer Cool

  • “Cold-War Pedagogy: Man, A Course of Study (MACOS), Ethnographic Film, and Teaching American Kids Science,” Nancy Lutkehaus (USC)
  • “Using Hollywood Films to Teach Anthropological Concepts,” Steven Schindler, CSU Long Beach
  • “Teaching Anthropology with Film in the Contemporary Media Ecology,” Jennifer Cool (USC)
  • "Decanonizing Ethnographic Film: What should twenty-first century students be learning from anthropological film?," Stephen Hughes (SOAS, Univerisity of London)

About RAI@USC 2020 | View Festival Program

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Conference/Symposia


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


University Park Campus


Anthropology, Dornsife, visual anthropology, rai@usc




Open to the public and free to attend.



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