Cultural Anthro: Final Paper and Poster
For the second part of the project, students pretend that their group has been invited to a conference on environmental justice. As part of that conference, there is a poster session to educate the public about cases of environmental injustice across the globe. They make a poster that introduces some of the information they have learned about the group they researched and the situation this group faces. Students will present their poster and explain to visitors what they have learned about the environmental injustice affecting the group.
The goal of the exercise is to have students think critically about forms of exploitation less powerful groups in the world experience. I wanted them to think about whether the group has felt empowered to resist, whether outside groups are involved in that protest, and what kind of narrative gets constructed about the problem in the course of that protest. Additionally, as a course that tries to look holistically at cultural groups outside of the historical west, I wanted students to learn a bit about the group before exploring the problem.
The poster session served as a way to have students take some further ownership of the knowledge gained. While the poster session was informal, in the sense that students presented their research to groups of classmates as everyone wandered around (vs. presenting individually in front of the class), the informality meant that students could focus on relaying the content and gave greater opportunity for individual conversations. I, of course, visited all of the posters as well, which required some professionalism in the tone of students' delivery.