Anthropologist Will Shed New Light On American Elections
1, 2001-- Two questions -- "what good are American
elections?" and "what do they reveal about our society?" -- are
the subject of the lectures scheduled for Friday, May 18, as part
of the University of Virginias free "Engaging the Mind"
series in Virginia Beach.
Damon, a U.Va. anthropology professor, will take an unorthodox approach
as he examines elections during his talks, to be held twice at two
Virginia Beach locations. The 3 p.m. lecture will be held at First
Colonial Inn at 845 First Colonial Road, and a 7 p.m. talk will
be held at the Virginia Beach Central Library at 4100 Virginia Beach
research into how anthropology views contemporary Western cultures
grew into a course, "Everyday Life in America," that he
has taught at U.Va. for more than 20 years. Through the course,
he examined American elections and how such rituals reflect society.
Damon has addressed the "What Good are Elections?" topic
in France, Peru, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.
U.Va. lecture series, which started March 23, demonstrates the Universitys
strong commitment to outreach and highlights faculty expertise,
says Richard Hoehlein, director of the Hampton Roads Center of U.Va.s
School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
series is sponsored by U.Va.s Hampton Roads Center and Faculty
Senate Speakers Bureau, in cooperation with the Office of the Vice
President for Research and Public Service.
reserve free tickets for the series, contact the Hampton Roads Center
at (757) 552-1890, ext. 10, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857