Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series

Join us on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4:15 – 5:30 PM in Mather Memorial 201 for this year’s Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series featuring Dr. Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor on “Framing for Change: A Cultural-Cognitive Approach to Communication.”

This annual lecture series highlights the value of anthropological theory and methods in solving real world problems, with a focus on applying these methods to business activities. The lecture is possible through the generous support of Mr. Jonathon Plimpton, Managing Director, International Business Management, Inc. and a 1970 graduate of Anthropology of Western Reserve College.

About the Speaker: Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor is Vice President for Research at FrameWorks Institute. He is a medical anthropologist leading a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists in studying public understanding and exploring ways to reframe such pressing issues as criminal justice reform, immigration, taxation, early childhood development, addiction, environmental health, education, public health and climate change. He employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of researchers, advocates and practitioners to improve social outcome.

His past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making. He has conducted fieldwork studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being on the coast of Kenya. He has applied social science methods in research on child marriage in Azerbaijan and higher education in Kazakhstan, and he has conducted ethnographic research on theories of motivation in “extreme” athletes.

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