The Department of Anthropology and Geography actively participates in community outreach to educate the public about the importance of our work, give our current students opportunities to participate in educational experiences, and develop relationships with our community at CSU, in Fort Collins, and throughout Colorado.
“Speaking Anthropology and Geography” Trunk Show
The department's Speaking Anthropology and Geography Trunk Show offers hands-on materials, artifacts, displays, and learning experiences to increase awareness and foster interest in anthropology and geography careers and concentrations.
Trunk Show opportunities include school visits, campus field trips, information, and activities for high-school students, transfer students and new majors, and parents to demonstrate how anthropology and geography offers practical training applicable to a variety of industries. From Anthropology to Zoology, from Human Geography to Forensic Science, Trunk Show resources and activities can complement curriculum in a range of high-school science and social-studies classes!
The Trunk Show also works with our student clubs to lead events at K-8 schools, science nights, and other events in order to introduce young learners to anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, and geography.
Teachers and students are encouraged to contact our department communications staff to learn more about the Trunk Show or to set up a school visit or field trip.
In many cases, the emphasis on making knowledge accessible takes the form of publications that reach broader publics. For example, there are new and emerging journals such as SAPIENS or Anthropology Now that reach non-specialists with interesting questions and takeaways based on anthropological research.
As part of his work in Vietnam and Laos, Geography Professor Leisz has engaged Province, District, and Commune level officials in discussing the drivers of local changes that are on-going. These efforts have included organizing participant discussions on new issues facing local communities and outreach efforts have led to insights regarding how land use and local livelihoods are changing. It is hoped that through co-research like this, local concerns will be able to be heard by higher-level policy makers.