Courier Convos: Dispelling Magical Misconceptions

In this episode, anthropology professor Derek Milne deconstructs stereotypes regarding religion, magic and witchcraft and explains the participatory transformation of Halloween.   Intro music provided by: Waltz Of The Skeleton Keys by WombatNoisesAudio | Music promoted by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Lessons Learned in Wild Africa

Justin Chapman, alumni of Pasadena City College and University of California, Berkeley, has many accomplishments under his belt. At age 19, he began writing for the Pasadena Weekly, and from there, went on to publish newsbreaking stories for over 20 leading publications, including LA Weekly, Berkeley Political Review, and Patch. At 19 years old, he was also the youngest elected member to serve on the Altadena Town Council, beating out 57-year-old Vice Chairman of the council by earning 63% of the vote. Now with the …

Anthropology professors bring culture to the airwaves

A new culture-based talk show is headed to Lancer Radio as a result of a collaboration between two anthropology professors. The Super O Show, hosted by Alexis Altounian and Mark Gordon transforms the broad, highly academic topic of culture into entertaining discussion. Even the show’s name was derived from the academic work of the famous anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. Kroeber taught at UC Berkeley, where he wrote numerous books and articles on culture. “One of [Kroeber’s] most famous articles outlines the concept of the superorganic,” said …

The study of voodoo dolls, psychics, and witches

When browsing for classes to take during the upcoming semester, it is hard to miss this title in the course catalog: Anthropology of Religion, Magic and Witchcraft. The class’s title gives it a bizarre connotation but in reality it is a common area of study for anthropologists. At UCLA, the course is called Anthropology of Religion. The name of the course here at PCC retains “witchcraft” partially due to its occult appeal.