Learn at lunch is Nov. 11

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

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.

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