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

Islamophobia in an age of progress

More than a decade after Al-Qaeda tore down the World Trade Center and massacred almost 3,000 people, Islam is still viewed by many with fear and suspicion. Islamophobia—the dislike and prejudice against Islam and Muslim people—is on the rise in the United States even as the nation progresses toward becoming a more tolerant and accepting society.

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.