Open today 10 am – 5 pm

Cool Anthropology

How to Engage the Public with Academic Research

Penn Museum

Thursday, Nov. 2, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm ET

Free to Registered Guests

Cool Anthropology book cover.

This event is sponsored by the Penn Museum, the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Penn Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Experimental Ethnography. The Penn Cultural Heritage Center is supported by the PennCHC Advisory Committee and the PoGo Family Foundation, in addition to other donors.

Please join the Penn Cultural Heritage Center for a discussion of the new book Cool Anthropology, which focuses on a creative, more collaborative approach for the work of anthropologists. Editors Kristina Baines and Victoria Costa discuss the edited collection and their broader long-term collective project, showcasing efforts to make meaningful connections with communities outside the walls of academia and move anthropological thinking beyond the discipline. Through their focus on collaboration, they advocate for pushing against the exclusivity of "knowledge production" to ask how engaging communities as both producers and consumers of academic research helps to promote anthropology better—and to do anthropology better.

Center for Experimental Ethnography logo. Penn Anthropology logo.
Kristina Baines headshot.

Kristina Baines is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Guttman Community College, and affiliated faculty at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Baines is the founder and director of anthropology at Cool Anthropology.

Victoria Costa is a creative technologist and community organizer, and the Founder and Director of Cool at Cool Anthropology.

Victoria Costa headshot.