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Colleges and local communities: Anthony Graesch and Tim Hartshorn at TEDxConnecticutCollege 2014

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Published on May 5, 2014

Reimagining the Relationship of Colleges to Local Communities: Research Literacy and Sustainable Collaborations

Anthony P. Graesch is a four-field-trained anthropologist whose research and teaching focus on the archaeology of North America, including the study of aboriginal and colonizing societies in both past and present settings, as well as anthropological studies of modern material culture. He is an ardent supporter of cross-disciplinary and mixed-methods approaches in the social sciences, particularly those that illuminate the role of objects and built space in the shaping of everyday experience.

Tim Hartshorn is a student of Anthropology and Literatures in English. He is currently writing two senior honors theses, one in poetry, and the other based on a year-long ethnographic research project concerning the potential of New London drinking establishments to function as "manufactured communities." For two and a half years, he has also been conducting ethnoarchaeological research on cigarette-smoking as a designation of social group identity alongside Professor Anthony Graesch.

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