Through the Looking Glass is a brief, inexpensive collection of readings consisting of current, lively articles and book chapters taken primarily from popular books and magazines. Unlike other readers for this course, Through the Looking Glass covers the entire field of anthropology, including topics such as race, cultural diversity, evolution, prehistory, and economic development, making it the perfect supplementary reader for introductory anthropology courses.
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Lee Cronk is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick; he formerly taught at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from Northwestern University. His research interests in are the evolution of human behavior, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has done field research among the Mukogodo of Kenya and on the Honduran island of Utila. He is the author of popular articles in The Sciences, American Scientist, and The World & I and of scholarly articles in such journals as American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, Human Nature, Annual Review of Anthropology, and Cultural Dynamics. In addition to this book, he has joined with his colleagues Napoleon A. Chagnon and William Irons to edit a collection of new studies in the evolution of human behavior entitled Adaptation and Human Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective, to be published in 1999 by Aldine de Gruyter.
Vaughn M. Bryant is a professor of anthropology and Director of the Center for Ecological Archaeology at Texas A&M University. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969, he taught at Washington State University before joining the newly created Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Texas A&M University in 1971. As the first anthropologist at Texas A&M, he was the first chairperson and helped build a separate doctoral-granting department of anthropology. He enjoys teaching and consistently teaches both introductory four-fields anthropology and graduate courses each semester. Dr. Bryant is a trained anthropologist and botanist who is best known for his research in paleoethnobotany (the study of how ancient humans use plants), pollen analysis, and prehistoric diet analysis. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Bryant compiled a book that detailed how the vegetation and climates of North America changed during the past 30,000 years, completed the editing of the first and second editions of the McGraw Hill book, Through The Looking Glass, finished editing a book on techniques used in pollen sampling and analysis and completed an atlas of the modern pollen flora found in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Bryant is a frequent guest on television programs and has appeared on network programs including the Today Show, 1-2-3 Contact (produced by the Children's Television Workshop in New York City), CNN, BBC, Discovery Channel, FOX-Network News, and the quiz program, To Tell The Truth. Dr. Bryant also writes popular articles, which have appeared in such magazines as People, Reader's Digest, Popular Science, Biblical Archaeology, Science Digest, Scientific American, Seventeen, the National Geographic Magazine, and National Geographic World. International magazines that have featured his research include Colours, Der Spiegel, The World And I, and Geowissen Nahrung & Gesundheit. Dr. Bryant lives in College Station, Texas, where he teaches anthropology, continues his research, and enjoys time with his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and two Yorkshire Terriers.
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