Author Archives: Douglas J. Anderson

About Douglas J. Anderson

Douglas has just accepted a new challenge to become a Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) in the Philippines to support high school teachers in developing and implementing a revised STEM (Science, technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum. Along with his wife Ana María, Douglas recently completed nearly three years of Peace Corps service as a Community Health Activist, teaching nutritional science classes, and developing the TiNi (Tierra de Niños, Niñas y Jovenes Para el Buen Vivir) UNESCO Program in the public schools of Cuenca, Ecuador. A Subject Matter Expert in Cultural Anthropology, he holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Philosophy and currently teaches online courses for the University of New England Maine (Cultural Anthropology) and the University of the People (Philosophy and English). He also works as an Academic Coach and can be contacted at

It Takes a Village!

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Meet the VSPP Team! – PSHS Curriculum Revision Staff!

My first week of Virtual Orientation Meetings with various staff of the Peace Corps and Philippine Science High School (PSHS) took place on October 12, 13, and 14, and what a week it was! Five hours were packed with presentations … Continue reading

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My New PC Volunteer VSP Project! — Supporting Philippine Science High School Teachers with STEM Curriculum Revision 

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Evolutionary Anthropologist Awarded 2022 Nobel Prize for Studies of Extinct Human Ancestors

Svante Pääbo, Evolutionary Anthropologist, Geneticist, and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work on the DNA of extinct humans and human ancestors. Dr. Pääbo established the … Continue reading

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Teilhard de Chardin

Who was Teilhard de Chardin and what is his connection to anthropology? A French Jesuit Priest born in 1881, Teilhard de Chardin occupies a distinct niche in the annals of anthropology often overlooked in textbooks and academic publications. If he … Continue reading

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Albert Schweitzer & Medical Anthropology

Who was Albert Schweitzer? Philosopher, Theologian, Musician, Medical Doctor, winner of the Nobel Prize. But why do we include him here under medical anthropology? Because at the age of thirty-three, after having obtained his medical degree with specialties in tropical … Continue reading

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Did Neanderthals Make Art?

I just read an opinion piece that appeared in an online publication Sapiens about Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) and whether they made art. I wanted to check out this article because I remember doing some research on Neanderthals … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Atonement in Canada: The Truth Behind the Mea Culpa

I just read this article in the Hungarian Conservative about Canada’s policy of forced assimilation of Indigenous children enacted in 1857 by the Gradual Civilization Act. Written by Mario Alexis Portella who has an impressive set of academic credentials, it highlights problems … Continue reading

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Community Engagement in Archaeology

As an undergraduate student enrolled in courses at Fresno City College and later California State University, Fresno, I participated in many course-sponsored archeological projects that ranged from pedestrian survey to hands-on excavation. I loved all of it which is why I took majors … Continue reading

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Bee Culture

I decided to initiate my blog with a post about “Bee Culture,” or more accurately from the perspective of anthropology, the culture of beekeeping, honey bee that is, more specifically, Apis mellifera (honey bearing) or Apis mellifica (honey maker). Why … Continue reading

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