Guttman continuing students Shenice Greene, Sade Miles and Maria Isabel Parada and Kristina Baines, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Faculty for Academic Technology, attended the American Anthropological Association Conference in Denver, CO. On November 19 they presented a multi-media interactive project, “Shifting Stereotypes” with Victoria Costa, Director of Cool for Cool Anthropology. The students also visited the Denver Art Museum to meet with artist-in-residence Gregg Deal, who provided an art piece for the presentation.
The Shifting Stereotypes project invites participants to confront current stereotyping language by saying words aloud, confronting how they feel about language used by many people in positions of power. For this installation, the three Guttman students researched current cases: #blacklivesmatter #changethename and #not1more and focused on the concepts of historical trauma, micro aggressions, and structural violence. This ongoing project will be presented at Guttman, other CUNY campuses, and at Barnard College, Columbia. The interactive documentary made with the project footage will eventually be available on the web and shown in locations throughout the country and around the world.