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Faculty Spotlight: Casey Golomski

casey.golomskiBrandeis University Summer School interviewed Casey Golomski, a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Brandeis.  This summer, Casey will be teaching ANTH127a “Medicine, Body and Culture.” Registration is now open – click here to be directed to the enrollment page.

 

Brandeis University Summer School: How long have you been teaching at Brandeis? 

Casey Golomski: My home is in the Department of Anthropology. I am also Lecturer in Anthropology at UMASS Boston, and I formerly taught at Northeastern University. I matriculated to the Brandeis Anthropology PhD program in 2006 and successfully defended my dissertation this past March, so I will graduate this spring. Last spring I independently convened the course ANTH80a, “Anthropology of Religion.” I otherwise teach regularly “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology,” “Peoples and Cultures of Africa,” and “Watching Film, Seeing Culture.”

BUSS: What courses will you teach this summer? What can students expect?

CG: This summer I will teach ANTH127a, “Medicine, Body and Culture.” This course is a broad yet nuanced introduction to medical anthropology, engaging the social, economic and political dimensions of illness and healing across cultures. I’m very excited for the opportunity to convene this course. I consider myself a cultural anthropologist, but I am very involved in issues of bodies, aging and medicine. In the past, I’ve done work with traditional and Christian spiritual healers in southern Africa, as well as youth and shamanistic healing in the Hmong Diaspora in the US. My current research focuses effects of death and demographic shift from HIV/AIDS on life cycle rites in the the Kingdom of Swaziland. In the course, I’ll share some of these findings and works-in-progress.

To explain the syllabus a bit, we begin with historical precursors to the field, so how earlier scholars were writing about medicine, culture, society and power and consider how they laid certain intellectual foundations we still work with today. I designed a number of interesting case studies modules on: race and medicine the US; health, environment, and ecology, including how we are affected by wind; chronic illness; and even sleep and sleeplessness! This course attracts many students who are Biology, International Global Studies, or Health Science Society and Policy majors or are pre-med, and we are going to interrogate “biomedicine (our own system and understandings of health) and programs and initiatives of “global public health,” as well as learning how undergraduate students in Africa learn to become doctors in some resource deprived settings there. At the end of the course, we consider how to apply our culturally-nuanced findings in practice and public policy. We draw case studies from Anglo-, Hispanic- and Native North, Central and South America, Western Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, East and South Asia and the Pacific.

BUSS: What is unique about summer courses – either for the students or faculty?

CG: I like the opportunities that summer school schedules provide. While the course is condensed to make up for a full semester’s content, I make sure to stagger the work expectations so students are able to better relish the material. While the readings are pretty equitable across the course schedule, some days will be more concentrated my own material and lectures. Other days use a “conversation circle” format where we each share individually- or group-assigned readings with each other. We will read scholarly and some popular writing which can be a much quicker read, like the best-seller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” I think summer is a good time to catch up on “leisure” reading, and this combination lets students see how books in the library and popular books can converse in interesting ways. We will watch a number of films as well.  Students will have three different options for a final project, including doing their own short ethnographic investigation which a summer course permits more time and freedom to take on.

 

Registration for ANTH127a and all summer course is now open.  Click here for more information, or to sign up!

Mark Your Calendars – Key Dates Summer School 2013

logoLooking forward to Brandeis Summer courses this year? With the start of March, there are 37 school days left this semester – that means it’s almost summer and time to start planning for summer courses!

Below are some key dates for Brandeis Summer 2013:

March: Watch our Facebook page during this month for ways to earn Brandeis gear!

April: Early April is when registration begins for summer courses.  Priority applications for summer housing will be due this month.

May: May 24: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 1.

June: June 3: Summer Session 1 & Extended Summer Session begins

         June 28: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 2.

July: July 8: Summer Session 2 begins

Stay up-to-date with Brandeis Summer School with email updates.  Click here for a simple sign-up!

Top 5 Reasons to Take Summer Courses

1. Have some fun!

Summer is a time to explore new areas of study and to dig deeper into topics you know.  With smaller classes and shorter  instruction periods, Brandeis Summer School gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and foster relationships with award-winning faculty.  In addition, Brandeis students can choose to live on campus during the summer and take advantage of the campus’s proximity to Boston.  With festivals and baseball games, concerts and beaches – a summer in Boston promises to fun.

2. Build your resume.

The variety of courses offered each summer at Brandies allows students who wish to double major, or pick up a second minor, to do so without pushing back their graduation date.  Summer is also a perfect time to get prerequisite classes completed so you can take upper-division classes during the school year.

3. Free up time in next year’s schedule.

By taking required courses in the summer, you can lighten your course load for the following year.  With your extra time, maybe you can study abroad or get an internship – two experiences future employers will notice.  Or, take the time you freed up through your summer study and sleep (you remember what your parents said – your brain needs 8 hours to function properly.)

4. Get your challenging class over with.

We all have that required class we are dreading for one reason or another.  Maybe the there is a lot of material to memorize or time-consuming projects.  Don’t sweat it – take the class over the summer when you can focus all your energy on it for a short period of time.  You still get the academic credit, you just don’t have to worry about it during the school year.

5. Earn credits for less.

Summer courses offer equivalent class credit – for less money.  That’s right, same credit, some course, same teachers – lower price.  Whether you’re a current Brandeis student, or a student at another university home for the summer, Brandeis University offers a variety of quality courses to help fulfill your requirements for graduation.

Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid teaches 2 courses this summer

Photo of Anthropology Professor Javier UrcidBrandeis Associate Professor and Chair of the Brandeis Anthropology Dept., Javier Urcid, will be teaching two classes this summer.  Prof. Urcid will be teaching ANTH 5a: Human Origins and ANTH 116a: Human Osteology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Prof. Urcid studies the development of ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, political economy and settlement patterns, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

Recently, Prof. Urcid was the feature of a video on his work helping students understand ancient societies using Brandeis’ rich collection of artifacts.

Several Anthropology courses are being offered this summer:

ANTH 1a: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies with Ieva Jusionyte
Sage class number: 2109

ANTH 5a: Human Origins with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2070

ANTH 61b: Language in American Life with Laura Ann John
Sage class number: 2110

ANTH 105a: Myth and Ritual with Adam Gamwell
Sage class number: 2111

ANTH 116a: Human Osteology with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2072

ANTH 129b: Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities with Noah Tamarkin
Sage class number: 2073

ANTH 144a: The Anthropology of Gender with Anna Jaysane-Darr
Sage class number: 2112

To register for 2012 Brandeis Summer Classes, visit:

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/registration/ready.html