INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY:LN1 - ONLINE MEDIA
Professor Reymers - Spring 2018


Online Media 4

OM4

Listen to this interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show from the program "Fresh Air" on NPR (2/18/2016, feat. host Terry Gross) and answer the following questions.

1. What are Trevor Noah's roots (what place and circumstances does he come from)?

2. What is the sociological point Noah is making (using humor) about the "race" checkbox on employment forms?

3. How is Noah's family history related to South African apartheid (segregation)?
Note: If you don't know what "apartheid" is, read this.

4. How did apartheid affect Noah's parents' relationship?

5. What are the different cultural sensitivities in Britian and the U.S. regarding talking about race?

6. What is the point of the tips Noah gives about "not getting shot" (in another comedy routine)?

7. What is Noah's advice regarding "sharing the plight of the people that are oppressing you"? Discuss in terms of "role-reversal" and stereotyping.

8. What does Noah's joke about an African-American not recognizing an African say about preconceptions about race? How can this be misinterpreted to reinforce racism?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT: ANTH4

Due Friday, Feb 23 5pm

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.

 


Online Media 3

OM3

Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III"

(YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)

Take notes during the video and answer these questions while you watch:

1. What is significant about the cave burial site in which Homo heidelbergensis was discovered?

2. Who is the "Boy from Scladina" and what does his story reveeal to us about the behavior of Neanderthals about 100,000 years ago?

3. What is the "bottleneck effect" (in relation to the DNA structure of modern humans)?

4. What is the evidence of small groups of humans living on the coast of Africa 76,000 years ago?

5. According to the DNA evidence presented by the Max Planck Institute in Germany, did ancient Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbreed?

6. Why did Neanderthals become extinct, and why did we Homo sapiens survive?

E-mail your completed assignment:
TO: reymers@morrisville.edu
SUBJECT: ANTH3


DO NOT send as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Feb 9 at 5pm sharp

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.

 


Online Media 2

OM2

Watch In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel), and answer the following questions (if you're having a hard time finding the answers, the time markers indicate roughly the minute within which each answer can be found. But for context, it is important that you watch the video in its entirety).

1. In 1969 what did Richard Leakey and his team discover in Africa? (~3 min)

2. What was the change that happened to our understanding of the path of human origins as a result of the above discovery? (~4 min)

3. What was the Great Rift Valley of Africa like 5 million years ago? (~7 min)

4. What geographical features led to different adaptations for humans and chimpanzees? (~1 min)

5. What was the important adaptation that developed, as evidenced by fossilized footprints discovered at Laetoli? (~12 min)

6. What were the physical characteristics of the young hominid Australopithecenes found in Steigfontein cave and in Ethiopia (nicknamed Lucy)? (~17 min)

7. What species was found near the edges of Lake Turkana and what were the new physical differences in the skeleton from earlier species from which he evolved?(~21 min)

8. How many migrations from Africa were there according to the genetic evidence produced by the Khoi San people? Explain. (~30 min)

9. What force of nature trapped Homo sapiens in Africa and drove Australopithecenes and Homo ergaster to extinction? (~34 min)

10. What is the nickname given to the fossil evidence from Omo Kibbish dated to 130,000 years ago, and why was it given that nickname? (~44 min)

E-mail your completed assignment:
TO: reymers@morrisville.edu
SUBJECT: ANTH2


DO NOT send as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Feb 2 at 5pm sharp


Online Media 1

OM1

Evidence for Evolution from StatedClearly.com (YouTube 11:22)

1. What are the two main claims of the theory of evolution?

2. What are the lines of evidence that support the claims of evolutionary theory?

3. How many different species are estimated to be living today?

4. How does evidence from comparative anatomy suggest that whales and other cetaceans evolved from a pre-existing four-legged land creature?

5. How does embryology help to confirm our suspicions that whales are closer to mammals than to fish in their evolutionary development?

6. How does fossil evidence from the ancient creatures called Basilosaurad and Maiacetus suggest

7. How do DNA comparisons help to confirm our suspicions that whales evolved from a four-legged land creature?

IMPORTANT:
E-mail
your answers
TO: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the
SUBJECT: ANTH1

DO NOT send your answers as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Jan 26 at 5pm sharp (no lates, no exceptions)

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).


 

Note [added Sept 9): I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me. For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soci 1 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier to organize your responses and read what you have written). You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details! - Regards, Prof Reymers