Rebecca Gearhart has a collection of images from 20 years of her studies in Africa, which she uses in teaching visual anthropology.
Your hometown? Anoka, Minnesota (also Garrison Keillor’s hometown, aka “Lake Wobegone”)
Alma mater?  Mount Holyoke College, University of Florida (Gainesville)
Your teaching? As an anthropologist, I believe it is imperative to provide opportunities for my students to interact directly with members of different societies by inviting cultural experts into the classroom, by organizing field trips that offer students cross-cultural immersion experiences, and by challenging them to conduct ethnographic fieldwork that includes integrating themselves into a society or sub-culture in which they have no prior experience.
Wesleyan students? Wesleyan students are more and more adventurous in terms of their openness to interacting with people of diverse backgrounds and moving outside of their comfort zones. This makes my teaching more exciting and creates a wonderful learning environment.
Biggest thrill?  The time I spend living and working among the peoples of the East African coast is always a big thrill for me. I always look forward to the adventures I have there. 
For fun?  I enjoy riding my bike on the trail (as fast as I can go).

After falling in love with the colorful, hand-painted “kazuri” beads made by Kenyan women, I’ve become a “beader.”

Also, Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) is offered on campus and it's so cool/fun!

For sanity?


The best?  My husband, Munib
Favorite band or artist?  If I had to pick one musician to listen to the rest of my life, it would be Ali Farka Toure (may he rest in peace).
Favorite authors?

Buchi Emecheta, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Barbara Kingsolver, John Irving.

Favorite movie?  The Big Chill (still)
Rebecca Gearhart

Rebecca Gearhart is president of Wesleyan's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. She also serves on the board of Seven Circles Heritage Foundation, which promotes Native American culture.

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