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Cultural Diversity

Identity and Experience: Cultural Diversity

Identity & Experience: Cultural Diversity is a Learning Community focusing on the varieties of human experience. 

Anthropology 160 - Varieties of Human Experience 

Bart Dean, Anthropology

Fulfills Goal 4 Outcome 2 (AE42), Goal 3 Arts and Humanities (GE3H), Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S)

An introduction to basic concepts and themes in cultural anthropology by means of the comparative study of selected cultures from around the world, for the purpose of appreciating cultural diversity. Emphasis is on systems of belief and meaning.

Bartholomew Dean (Oxford MPhil, Harvard PhD) is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Kansas and a research associate of KU's Laboratory of Biological Anthropology. In addition, he is a research affiliate at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Tarapoto, Peru), where he directs the Anthropology Section of the Regional Museum, Dean is a Contributing Editor for Lowland South America, U.S. Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies. His research interests include the ethnology of the Peruvian Amazon, health, human rights, political anthropology, social theory and ethics. His publications include Urarina Society, Cosmology and History in the Peruvian Amazonia (2009, 2013), as well as a co-edited book, numerous articles and several textbooks. Dean is currently working on a monograph dedicated to understanding social trauma associated with the political violence and civil unrest in the bajo (lower) Huallaga Region of Peruvian Amazonia. Dean is active in the area of human rights advocacy.

UNIV 101 – University Seminar

Kate Nygren, First-Year Experience

2 credit hours

UNIV 101 helps students to make a smooth transition to KU and provides an important foundation to their academic studies. This two-credit hour seminar is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to exploring KU as a culture as part of the Identity & Experience: Cultural Diversity learning community, you will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.

Kate Nygren is the Assistant Director for Academic Programs in the Office of First-Year Experience where she oversees UNIV 101. She originally joined KU in 2013 as a student and instructor in the English department studying contemporary theater. She loves to read and see plays that explore cultural diversity in the United States and beyond. Any time she travels, she can be found at a local theater taking in something new. 

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