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Storied Objects: Relics and Tales from the Thomas R. Baker Museum

https://360.rollins.edu/college-news/cfam-announces-fall-2020-exhibitions

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After a devastating fire destroyed the original Rollins Museum in 1909, the College made a broad public appeal via letters, posters, and newspaper ads for donations of “museum-quality” specimens in hopes that the museum could eventually be re-established. Individuals and institutions across the country responded generously, and by 1920 almost 10,000 objects of cultural, historical, and natural significance had been received. These donations would form the nucleus of what came to be called the Thomas R. Baker Museum of Natural History, a campus and community fixture until its closure in the 1970s.

Storied Objects: Relics and Tales of the Thomas R. Baker Museum relates the story of the eclectic Baker Museum collection by highlighting the life histories of a selection of its cultural artifacts, which collectively span five continents and more than 5,000 years of the human past.

The exhibition is the culmination of a collaboration between anthropology professor Zack Gilmore, art history professor Robert Vander Poppen, and students from their Public Archaeology, Museum Studies Practicum, and Digital Methods in Archaeology courses.

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Kline ’08 and Vickers ’20 publish book chapter

https://360.rollins.edu/faculty-highlights/kline-08-and-vickers-20-publish-book-chapter

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Anthropology professor Nolan Kline ’08 and recent graduate Mary Vickers ’20 have published a chapter in the book, Anthropology and Activism: New Contexts, New Conversations. Their chapter, titled “Academic and Activist Collaboration in Turbulent Times: Responding to Immigrant Policing in Central Florida,” is based on a project the pair undertook in summer 2018 as part of Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program.

“The chapter is based off a collaborative research effort with two local organizations that serve farmworkers,” says Kline. “Our research examined the hidden consequences of recent immigration policies, and the data are currently being used in legal challenges to problematic state laws. The chapter shows how researchers, students, and community-based organization leaders can work together to address important social problems. This project started as a student-faculty collaborative research project, and it’s an example of the transformative education and community-based scholarship that Rollins delivers.”   

Vickers applied the research she conducted with Kline to her work as a U.N. Millennium Fellow, where she organized an advocacy project to bring awareness of this particular immigration issue to campus. She now serves with an immigrant rights organization as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and is applying for doctoral programs in anthropology.

 

Article - States with the Most Racial Progress

This WalletHub article by Adam McCann, Financial Writer, addresses race relations.  

https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-most-and-least-racial-progress/18428/#expert=shan-estelle-brown

Dr. Shan-Estelle Brown, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Co-Coordinator, Global Health Minor, Department of Anthropology, Rollins College, answers the following key questions: 

  1. What are the major causes of the racial wealth gap between black and white households?
  2. What can state and local authorities do to help reduce racial gaps in wealth, employment and education?
  3. What policies have proven effective in reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system?
  4. Should state and local authorities work to reduce racial segregation in housing? If so, how?
  5. Why have some states been more successful than others in addressing racial inequalities?