"Culture Wars Revisited: An Updated Call to Diversify the Curriculum in a Polarized United States”

Friday, April 5, 2019
12 - 1 p.m. 
Roan Mountain Room (122), Plemmons Student Union

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology will be hosting one of the annual Humanities Pedagogy Brown-Bag Lunches.

Smith did his undergraduate work at Tulane University, where he received a B.A. in Latin American Studies (focus on Mesoamerican Linguistics) and a B.S. in Anthropology, both with departmental honors. He did his graduate work in Anthropology (M.A. and Ph.D) at the University at Albany, SUNY, and wrote his dissertation while in residence as a visiting fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University. His dissertation was the first complete study of the highland Guatemalan town of Sololá. Given his training in both Latin American Studies and a four-field approach to anthropology, the themes of his research are varied and include a critical examination of community participation, linguistic revival and change, violence and conflict, development, human rights, citizenship and the state, environmental conservation and grassroots indigenous politics in Latin America (Guatemala and Ecuador).

His teaching deals with the cultural politics of representation and indigenous movements, cultural and political constructions of knowledge, language and culture, contemporary Latin America, identity formation, and the practical application of theory/knowledge. The areas of his research cover Sociocultural Anthropology, Latin American development, electoral politics and democracy, ethnicity and race, environmental subjectivities, indigenous languages (Kaqchikel Mayan and Napo Kichwa), immigration; Latin America (Guatemala and Ecuador) and Europe (France and Spain).

The purpose of the Humanities Council, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian, is to enhance support for and recognition of Humanities scholarship throughout the University and to encourage interdisciplinary research and communication among scholars from different areas of expertise.

For more information, visit https://humanitiescouncil.appstate.edu.


About the Humanities Council
Appalachian State University’s Humanities Council provides interdisciplinary opportunities and events on campus throughout the year, promoting the importance of the humanities in relationship to other fields.

Dr. Timothy J Smith headshot
Published: Apr 2, 2019 12:25pm