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  • Why Are Humans So Different

    Posted 04/15/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Diversity is a fundamental question for anthropology--that goes to the heart of our common past and also our common future. In this way, anthropology has much to contribute to natural history museums, which study and celebrate the concept of diversity. How Can We Explain Human Diversity? A drivin…
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  • Unsmiling Indians

    Posted 04/15/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Is there anything Google can't teach us? Even about stereotypes, for example. A casual Culture Lab experiment began a few days ago, after I heard about a YouTube video called "Smiling Indians." The idea behind this short film is that Native Americans are almost always shown in historic photos as p…
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  • Antiquities in War and Peace

    Posted 03/16/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    In the midst of the Egyptian crisis several weeks ago came a startling and provocative article in the Wall Street Journal. Alex Joffe, an archaeologist and historian, argued that the attacks on the Egyptian Museum held a lesson for another controversial issue: the battle over Greece's Partheno…
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  • Year of the Rabbit

    Posted 02/01/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    What is Chinese New Year? Culture Lab explores this question at two public events in Denver: a festival at the University of Denver (organized by Denver Chinese School, in partnership with over 20 other Asian American organizations) and at the Southridge Chinese New Year celebration (sponsored by Gr…
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  • Chasing Margaret Mead's Ghost (Part II)

    Posted 01/25/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Continued from Part I ... If you had lived in London or Denver, say around 1860, culture had just one meaning. Culture meant to be cultured; it implied to be civilized in the terms of upper class Western Europe, contrasted to savagery and barbarism. "Whether in the humanist or the evolutionist sen…
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  • Chasing Margaret Mead's Ghost (Part I)

    Posted 01/25/2011 by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh | Comments
    Several months ago, late into the night, I was flipping channels. When I arrived at the Travel Chanel, I paused to watch No Reservations. The food writer Anthony Bourdain was sitting in a fast food stall, hovering over a mound of deep fried chicken and French fries. Across from him was a woman cov…
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