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Cultural Anthropologist to Speak on “the Global” in Higher Education

Published on March 20, 2014

Cultural anthropologist Richard Handler will present a lecture titled “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About the Global in North American Higher Education” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in Faylor Hall, located in Fisher Hall.Richard Handler

He will examine the global economic forces that compel universities to internationalize education and globalize curricula. These include multinational sources of university funding and multinational corporations’ prominence in the job market. Handler will highlight the way global realities, including growing socioeconomic inequality, conflict with depictions of “the global” in university discourse.

Handler serves as director of the global development studies program at the University of Virginia. In addition to directing and teaching courses for this interdisciplinary, undergraduate major, he teaches graduate anthropology courses on nationalism.

Handler’s scholarly focus is modern western societies. Particularly, he is interested in nationalism, ethnicity and the politics of culture. His recent research has focused on the relationship between the liberal arts, critical knowledge and practical skills. Other interests include literature and anthropology, and the history of anthropology. He has completed fieldwork in Quebec, where he studied the Québécois nationalist movement, and Colonial Williamsburg, which sparked his interest in tourism and cultural development.

In addition to editing several books, Handler is co-author of “The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg” and “The Fiction of Culture: Jane Austen and the Narration of Social Realities.”

Susquehanna University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs are co-sponsoring the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

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