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Charles Menzies

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Alma Maters: BA SFU, MA York University (Toronto), M.Phil, PhD City University of New York
Classes Taught: ANTH 220, ANTH 461, ANTH 500 Various others
Countries Traveled To: USA, Mexico, France, UK, Eire, Austria, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Egypt
Companies Worked For: PRFCA, SFU, York U, CUNY, various First Nations gov'ts, UBC
What is your style of teaching?
In large classes give content rich lectures; in smaller classes I prefer facilitating discussion and debate. I am passionate and committed to active learning.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Depending upon the size of class I will use videos, power points, clickers (in large classes), twitter, and computer mediated discussions.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Collaborative, hands on group assignments that create opportunities for authentic real time learning. The bigger the class, the harder this is to do.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
I grade assignments in accord with evaluation guidelines given to students. My grades are regulated by UBC's grading policy that limits grade distribution.
What kind of student would love your class?
Those there to learn; not for the grade. Students willing to be challenged politically, intellectually,socially; willing to be transformed through learning.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
To listen, 2 learn, 2 be willing 2 work hard and 2 be challenged in your beliefs. As my mentor once said: "you aren't learning unless you are scared shitless."
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Natural resource management issues related to fisheries and Indigenous peoples; class struggle and social conflict in industrial societies.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Being a parent to my sons, a life partner to my wife, and a son to my own parents.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am working on a book and a film about Aboriginal basketball. It's a sport that I love to play - I also run 8-10 km every day that I can :)
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I believe we have a responsibility to be engaged in making our world a better place for all and to attack privilege. Thus,I often get labeled 'political.'

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