With Co-Founder and Co-Director of Cool Anthropology Victoria Costa, Guttman Faculty Dr. Kristina Baines organized and co-hosted the interactive virtual event Anthropology and the Public: Pressing Questions, Responsibilities and Opportunities, which aired live on YouTube on March 1, 2021. The webinar brought together a wide network of anthropologists, social scientists, educators, students, and practitioners of various fields to exchange and elaborate critical, multidisciplinary ideas that contribute to the public good. Featuring panelists and breakout sessions to address an array of contemporary social and environmental issues, the gathering included discussions concerning public health, medical anthropology, climate change and environmental justice, race and racism, media, journalism, technology, and art. The workshop included student facilitators from 5 continents, over 300 registrants, 150 active participants, including Guttman alumna, former Peer Mentor, and College Assistant Hannia Delgado and former Guttman staff member Baird Campbell. The event was funded through a grant by the Wenner Gren Foundation and co-sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Division and Berghan Books.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Baines is an applied sociocultural anthropologist with interests at the intersection of health and embodied ecological practices. She works with indigenous and immigrant communities, primarily in Belize and New York City. She also has a strong interest in innovative technologies and means of research dissemination. Dr. Baines holds a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida; an M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford; an M.A. in Social Anthropology, Biology Cognate from Florida Atlantic University; and a B.A. in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University. She has taught at Guttman since 2014, also serving as Area Coordinator of Academic Technology.