Investigations into explaining human diversity
Testing new methods of talking about culture
Observations about society and contemporary social issues
Research on the human condition
Culture Lab @ DMNS is an anthropology web channel for the public. With magazine-style articles, editorials, news updates, and experiments with digital media, Culture Lab seeks to explain the core concepts of culture and also to share the newest anthropological research with the public. Culture Lab is run by Dr. Chip Colwell, a curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The top conversations about culture currently found on
1. From The New Yorker's Annals of
Anthropology, read Malcolm Galdwell's article "Drinking Games," a
fascinating account of how a person's response to alcohol is shaped
by culture. Read here.
2. With stunning photos and stories, National
Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary
diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are
disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. Watch here.
3. Where do good ideas come from? Author Steven
Johnson's creative summation of his latest book, which answers this
question with spellbinding twists and turns. Watch here.
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Chip Colwell is Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. His research interests include: Native American ethnology and archaeology, heritage management, collaborative methods, social and political uses of history, repatriation, cultural landscapes, and research ethics. Dr. Chip received his PhD from Indiana University and his BA from the University of Arizona. Before coming to the Museum, he held a post-doctoral fellowship with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He sits on the editorial board of American Anthropologist, and currently is co-editor of Museum Anthropology. He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and has authored and edited eight books. He is a recipient of the 2009 National Council on Public History Book Award.
Le Morne World Heritage
The story of Indentured Labor
A journey to Mauritius
A gathering for Native America
Exploring Day of the Dead art and culture
Protecting Eagles, Preserving Cultures
A Conversation about Native art
People and the dog show
A new repatriation regulation, one year later
The idea of diversity in anthropology
What Google shows about Native American stereotypes
Keeping the British Museum safe in New Zealand
What Chinese New Year is all about.
Why a culture lab?
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