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MC Celebrates World Anthropology Day with the Montgomery County Community

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Category: Features

Published: 2018-02-26 00:00:01.000

Students at Clearspring Elementary School struggled to contain their excitement as Montgomery College Anthropology Professor Maria Sprehn and her Anthropology Rookie Researcher Nance Mousa carted three full skeletons down the halls for their presentation Feb. 15, this year's World Anthropology Day.

Once a year, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) reaches out to educators across the country to organize community outreach events for students of all ages to celebrate the study of humans and culture with others around the globe. This year the AAA asked Montgomery College Anthropology to visit a local elementary school.

"Anthropology Day is when I can celebrate with others the importance of the question, what does it mean to be human?" Dr. Sprehn said. She believes the subject should be taught to all ages because of the universal importance of cultural relativity and critical thinking skills.

To the excitement of Clearspring students and teachers, the MC anthropologists came well-prepared with three complete skeletons and two suitcases of smaller artifacts in tow.

During their science class rotations that afternoon, three classes or a total of seventy-seven fifth-graders enjoyed videos of primatologist Jane Goodall and demonstrations with the skeletons of a human, bonobo and spider monkey, each specimen met with countless questions from their curious audience.
Both Dr. Sprehn and Nance Mousa greatly enjoyed celebrating their love of anthropology with Clearspring students this year and are already looking forward to their next presentation.

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