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Classes Using the Book

University Experience Curriculum

The “One Book – Global Connections” common reading experience is supported in the University Experience (UE) course through guided discussions and assignments that connect learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. These curriculum initiatives are intended to complement other courses that are participating in the common reading experience. UE students will attend campus events designed to expand the scope of the book to global application. Through critical thinking and exploration of personal values, students will gain a broader understanding of the ethical issues presented in this book and the associated implications for the global community.

First Year Composition

The First Year Composition (FYC) program supports the common reading experience by utilizing the text as a generative invention tool throughout the semester. Students will begin the semester by thinking critically about the variety of issues raised by the book and writing a response to these issues in a “First Day Diagnostic” writing prompt. At the end of the semester, students will be invited to revise their answers using the skills they have practiced and developed in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, and exemplary essays will be “published” (with the permission of the student) to the FYC website. The book will also be used as a basis for guided discussion, a source for examples related to projects and assignments, and as a common resource for daily classroom activities. Through an exploration of the issues at stake in this narrative and the rhetorical choices made by the author, students will gain an understanding of the impact writing can have on individual lives and broader, global communities.

Global Citizenship

All Global Citizenship students will complete an original research project and paper, which will count for 25% of the final grade in ANTH 2410. The project is linked to the Research Portfolio component from students’ LIS2005: Library & Internet Research Skills course. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be read and discussed during the first three weeks of ANTH 2410 and some short-answer questions about the book will appear on Exam 1.

For their semester projects, students will submit a topic idea after reflecting on themes from the book. Some examples of potential ideas include:

  • A specific ethical issue in science (different from the book) and its implications for marginalized populations
  • A health issue and its relationship to constructs of race/ethnicity

After the topic has been approved, students will select, read, and critically analyze sources related to their topic. Selection, evaluation and peer-review of these sources will be part of their activities in LIS2005. The ANTH 2410 project grade is comprised of several components, including a description of the topic, an annotated bibliography, a paper draft, and the final version of the paper. The selection of sources for the project/paper is based on activities completed in the LIS2005 course and will also be submitted in that course as a Research Portfolio (also in several stages) and will culminate in a final poster presentation at the end of the semester.


Engaging Ethnography (ANG 5937)

This graduate seminar explores how researchers and writers conceive of and practice engaged research. While “engagement” is broadly conceived, one area in which we will focus is writing for broader publics. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will serve as an example of anthropological writing that speaks to a popular audience, and students will consider what about this work has propelled it to the New York Times Bestseller list. While not trained as an ethnographer, Rebecca Skloot’s focus in this book on the politics, ethics, and science of the exploitation of Henrietta Lacks for the creation of HeLa cells speaks to the key questions of power relations and applied scientific inquiry in anthropological history.

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