Learn at lunch is Nov. 11
CHESTERTOWN — Bill Schindler, associate professor of anthropology at Washington College will present “Augmented Reality: How we transformed a reality show into a unique teaching and learning opportunity” as part of Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning’s Learn at Lunch.
The lunch will occur at noon Friday, Nov. 11 at Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College. The reservation deadline is Monday, Nov. 7.
Buffet Lunch will cost $20 for member and $25 for non-members.
The new National Geographic series, “The Great Human Race,” represents an innovative approach to making television. By merging reality TV with the most up- to-date interpretations of human evolution and technological innovation over the past 2.5 million years, we attempted to create something different and significant.
This presentation will highlight the goals, obstacles and triumphs faced in the struggle to accurately depict a shared ancestral past, while simultaneously grappling to preserve the entertainment value necessary to catch and keep viewers.
The result was the formation of a unique teaching and learning opportunity that will reach millions of people in 171 countries.
Schindler likes to get his hands dirty. As a professor of archaeology at Washington College, Schindler prefers to take his students out to the forest of Maryland, where he teaches them to make stone tools and pottery, and process food like our ancestors did.
Schindler could be called an experimental archaeologist. He attempts to fill gaps in our understanding of the past by combining archaeology, primitive skills and experimental research.
This passion goes beyond research and teaching, Schindler rarely goes to the grocery store; instead he gets meat by hunting and vegetables by foraging. Skills learned at an early age turned into a doctorate in anthropology.
For Schindler, this adventure provides the perfect laboratory to put his skills to the test, and to learn firsthand how primitive humans survived throughout history.