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ANTH 3888 calendar: s2014


 Anthropology of Food
Thursday, 17 April 2014, 11:08 (11:08 AM) CDT, day 107 of 2014
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
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

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Your Presentation is basicaly a 8-10 minute preliminary report
on your Semester Research Project.

It is a preliminary report of your Term Paper,
to a different audience (your classmates), and with a different style (informal)

Think of your presentation as a TED talk for your classmates,
if you are familiar with TED talks,
without having to pay the $3,500-$15,000 fee to give your talk at a TED conference.

(If you are not familiar with TED talks, you should check on them. Have a look at the TED Talks on Food. TED Food Talk Index. TED Talks Topics.)

f2f section:
Your Presentation
is due on-line in Moodle by the day you give your presentation in class



Demosthenes Practising Oratory (1870)
Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ (1842–1923)

Your Class Project =
Term Paper
Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.
Charles Dickens
  • Your Term Class Project is a Presentation and a Term Paper

    • your Presentation is basicaly a preliminary report on your Term Paper, to a different audience, and with a different style

    • Do your Presentation and your Term Paper on the same topic . . . but keep in mind . . .

      • In the "real world" one often presents materials on the same topic to different audiences and for different purposes and with different styles. This set of requirements is, in addition, to having you research a topic of your interest, intended to give you some practice in presenting to different audiences, with different purposes, and (generally) with different styled. Keep that in mind when you are preparing your Presentation and your Term Paper

      • NOTE: Because of this you may not simply submit your paper as a presentation, or vice versa

      • see details with the information on the two tasks on . . .

        • AUDIENCE
        • PURPOSE
        • STYLE

  • Begin thinking about your project early in the semester

  • Talk/communicate with others about what they are doing, and share your ideas

  • Details of Presentation

  • Details of Term Paper

Main Due Dates for Presentation
(You will be given reminders during the semester.)


Week 02

Week 03

su2014 on-line Live Chats (2) for Picking a Project Topic
Week 2, Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 7:00-8:00 CDT and
Week 3, Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 7:00-8:00 CDT
Sign in on Moodle.

These are optional. If you can not make them live, transcripts of the discussions will be available in your Moodle folder.


Week 05

su2014 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 4, Friday, 13 June 2014

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.

NOTE: Try to work an analytical section into your Presentation and Paper, and at least think about approaching your Anth of Food term Project from the traditional "four-fold" approach of American Anthropology. If the "four-fold" approach does not work as a major appoach, consider at least addressing in summary form the relationship of your chosen topic(s) to traditional American Anthropology.

When relevant to your topic be sure to work in what is happening now; that is, where appropriate, relate it to current affairs.


Week 07
su2014 Project formal Promissory Abstract and Working Bibliography
(up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 6, Friday, 27 June 2014 (submit them together)


Week 12

f2f section:
Your Presentation
is due on-line in Moodle by the day you give your presentation in class

Face-toFace (f2f) Presentations will be in-class, and may include any or none of the following listed below . . .

For an excellent example of "none of the above," have a look at the YouTube Presentation of
Joel Salatin, at the 3rd Annual Community Wellness Day April 28th 2012 at UMD

(Remember Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm from the videos and the text?)

On-line Presentations should include one (or more) of the following . . .

  • Video Presentation

    • Video projects should be 10-12 minutes long
      (see detailed information in oral presentations)

  • Web Based Presentation

    • Web projects should have between 10-20 interactive pages

    (YouTube -- Wikipedia)

    other presentation resources

  • PowerPoint presentation

    • As with any presentation, it is good to have a beginning, middle, and an end. Usually the beginning contains what in writing they call a "thesis statement."

    • PowerPoint projects for this course should be well-crafted and professional, and about 25-30 slides in length, with narration or narrative text as part of the program itself (and not simply presented, for e.g., as presenter's notes in a powerpoint presentation).

      • the numbers 25-30 slides are just guidelines. You may have more slides if you like.


  • Tools

    • The use of Prezi is Discouraged

Other Resources

Where do I begin?

Begin with your term paper

See Term Paper WebSite for information on selecting a topic

Focus on that first, but keep in mind that at the end of the semester you will need to do a presentation on your research

Whenever you write or present anything you should consider . . .

your personal style

  • For your presentation in-class, your audience should, obviously, be your classmates

    • do not write or present to your college professor(s) as audience

    • Or you can prepre your Presentation for something like a "brown bag" luncheon presentation at your library to a mixed-group of curious individuals who normally attend more informal public lectures

    • Or students at the Student Presentations sections of the Central States Anthropological Society Annual Convention, or the annual regional convention of your major(s) [for example, Sociologists of Minnesota]

  • Purpose

    • To let your audience know what you were working on, and what you found out, and what might be interesting to look at in the future

    • To get feedback on your Presentation that might be useful in preparing your final Term Paper

    • NOTE: This is a presentation of a work in progress

  • Style
    • for the Presentation, it may be informal
    • for the Paper, formal academic

And basically, your presentation should . . .

      • have a beginnng, a middle and an end
      • be organized
      • if appropriate, be illustrated
Suggested Strategies:

And you can do this for more than one subtopic

  • Time Sequence

    T1 ---> T2 ---> T3 ---> T4 ---> . . .

  • Space Sequence

    S1 ---> S2 ---> S3 ---> S4 ---> . . .

  • N number of items

    "Ten itms define the importance of. . . .

    First, . . . .
    Second, . . . ."
    Third, . . . ."
    Finally, . . . ."

  • Most Important ---> Least Important:

    "The most important X about ... is ..."

    "Next in importantance to X is ..."

    "The least importantant to X is ..."

  • Comparison / Contrast

    Note how things are the same and how they are different. In a logical comparison / contrast would be with / between "X" of Y.

    Item # 1
    Item # 2
    Item # 3
    Item # 4
    Item # N


  • Emic / Etic

Required Section(s):

After you have described what you have read or seen you must include in your paper one or more detailed paragraphs indicating your own personal response to and evaluation of the materials (required)

Use the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
or The Purdue University Online Writing Lab OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.
if you do not have much experience writing college papers


Every student will write and submit their own term paper. If appropriate, you may collaborate with others for your presentations.

  criteria for grading written works
  "The Strike Zone"
  "The Curve"
  UMD Grading Policies
Paper and Presentation Due to Moodle Assignment Area

Handy Assignment Calculator from the UMD Library

for your research papers try the
UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
Assignment Calculator

Assignment Calculator available online from the UMD Library.

Paper is due to
Moodle assigment area

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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 [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. 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 [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. 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)


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.


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