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 Anthropology in the News

ANTH 3888Calendar s2018


 Anthropology of Food

to Sweet Treats around the World

Monday, 25 June 2018, 09:00 (09:00 AM) CDT, day 176 of 2018
BBC Food
Wikipedia: Food | Food and drink | Food culture | Food history | Food Portal |
Wikipedia Categories: Food and Drink | History of Food and Drink | Historical Foods |
World Clock Cf.: Food Production and Animal Slaughter

Food and Drug Administration Wire
OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.
Sicilian ice-cream in a bread bun. A good solution to a local problem: the Mediterranean heat quickly melts the ice-cream, which is absorbed by the bread.
"Palermo, Sicily
A Fistful of Rice.
A Fistfull of Rice
Claire Kathleen Roufs eating first food at 5 months.
Claire Kathleen Roufs
Eating rat.
"Eating Rat At
The New Year
National Geographic
Desert People, boy eating "grub worm"
Desert People

88358-001 LEC (05/19/2014 - 08/01/2014), instruction mode: Completely Online, 3 Credits
Schedule may change as events of the semester require

Meet the Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2018
Tuesday / Thursday 10:30-11:30
and by appointment


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In a nutshell, ANTH 3888 Anthropology of Food consists of three main segments:

  I Orientation and Background (slides; on-line slides)  
      Basic Concepts  
      Methods and Techniques  
  II Explorations  
      Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
      Ethnographic Case Studies from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around the Globe  
  III Student Presentations on Term Research Project

Go to your Moodle Folder and have a look . . .

Moodle top of page 1

The "Section Links" (see arrow, upper right-hand corner) are handy to jump to the current unit.

Click on "Grades" in the upper lefthand corner of "Block 1" (circled above)
and your Moodle Gradebook (below) will list all of the course requirements, options, and due dates . . .
(subject to minor changes as new discoveries and announcements warrant)

Moodle Gradebook

Only the materials in the center panel are required.
The items and materials in the sidebars are extra materials for you to use or not,
as you see fit
(for things like checking your Gradebook information,
or using the "Section Links" to jump to the current week's materials).

Main Panel has Required Materials.  Sidebars are Optional

You will find basic course information in “Block One”
(at the very top of the Main Panel of your Moodle folder).

Have a look at the basic layout for the materials that appear in each unit’s Moodle “Block” as it appears in the Main Panel.

Your Typical Unit
in the Anthropology of Food will look something like this . . . .

Moodle Typical Week

Textbook Information
  general textbook information

Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food

Omnivore's Dilemma text.

The Language of Food
Gillian Crowther

 author Interview
 Teaching Culture
Michael Pollan
Dan Jurafsky

Meet Daniel Jurafsky
Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
336 pages
ISBN-10: 1442604654
ISBN-13: 978-1442604650
NY: Penguin, 2007.
464 pages
ISBN-10: 0143038583
ISBN-13: 978-0143038580
NY: W. W. Norton, 2014.
272 pages
ISBN-10: 0393240835
ISBN-13: 978-0393240832
The course anchor text, Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food, by Gillian Crowther, is currently available on-line new for $33.05 (paperback) / $30.76 used / $15.37 Kindle.
[It is also being offered on-line for as much as $71.10, or even more, so be careful to check prices.]
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25). (11 April 2015)
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2007) is currently available online $11.45 new, $10.61 Kindle, and $1.95 used.
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25). (11 April 2015)

Note: The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition (2009), also by Michael Pollen, is a different edition of the book.
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menuis currently available on-line for $12.99, $13.48 used, and $17.95 or free Audible.
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25). (11 April 2015)
Eller, Jack David. 2014 Review of Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food. Anthropology Review Database January 12, 2014., accessed June 17, 2014.

Eating Culture: Sample Student Assignments for the Anthropology of Food -- October 7, 2013. Accssed June 17, 2014.

University of Toronto Press Listing


The Language of Food Blog

Stanford course

Textbooks are available from these sources . . .
Optional Recommended Companion to the Marcus Samuelsson Film Series that we will see:

The Meaning of Food.
Patricia Harris, David Lyon, and Sue McLaughlin.
The Meaning of Food: The Companion to the PBS Television Series Hosted by Marcus Samuelsson.
Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2005.
176 pages
ISBN-10: 1615609210
ISBN-13: 978-1615609215
The Meaning of Food: The Companion to the PBS Television Series Hosted by Marcus Samuelsson is currently available online from $1.66 new, and $1.66 used
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25). (11 April 2015)

[This is also listed on for a muchhigher price. Be careful, if you use, to get on the correct page. See note below.)

The Meaning of Food is not available at the UMD Bookstore
Textbooks are available from these sources . . .
Credit Options at UMD
Credit by Examination

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To make an appointment, visit <> or stop by the Workshop’s front desk; walk-ins are also welcome if a consultant is available. The Workshop is located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Look for the wall covered with quotations about writing. 

Students in this class have permission to see a Writers’ Workshop consultant for all take-home exams.

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at []. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the UMD Student Conduct Code

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code []. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy


A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.


A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.

and the

other pertinent policies as determined by the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, The UMD College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology-Anthropology . . .

Teaching & Learning: Instructor and Student Responsibilities:


"UMD is committed to providing a positive, safe, and inclusive place for all who study and work here.  Instructors and students have mutual responsibility to insure that the environment in all of these settings supports teaching and learning, is respectful of the rights and freedoms of all members, and promotes a civil and open exchange of ideas. To reference the full policy please see:"


Final Exams:


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Excused Absences:


"Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings.  It is the responsibility of students to plan their schedules to avoid excessive conflict with course requirements. However, there are legitimate and verifiable circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom.  These are subpoenas, jury duty, military duty, religious observances, illness, bereavement for immediate family, and NCAA varsity intercollegiate athletics.  For complete information, please see:"


Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials:


"Taking notes is a means of recording information but more importantly of personally absorbing and integrating the educational experience. However, broadly disseminating class notes beyond the classroom community or accepting compensation for taking and distributing classroom notes undermines instructor interests in their intellectual work product while not substantially furthering instructor and student interests in effective learning. For additional information, please see:"

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