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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC: AN EXAMINATION OF AN ANTHROPOLOGY OUTREACH PROGRAM

Abstract

Public outreach and education in anthropology and its subfields has recently become more popular and has taken many different forms including lectures, science festivals, museum events, and fairs. Outreach and education programs can have a vital role in sparking scientific interest in a young audience and creating a positive image of anthropology in the community. Additionally, outreach programs help to bridge the gap between people of varied backgrounds such as older individuals who may have a strong scientific knowledge and young children who are just beginning to start exploring their scientific inquiries. Nevertheless, public outreach should be geared toward different groups using a variety of methods and mediums. A variety of approaches have been employed in Kennesaw State University’s anthropology outreach program. Examples include activity tables at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo and International Archaeology Day. This paper will present the strengths and weaknesses of each event and ways to improve outreach programs, including recruiting volunteers and organizing logistics.

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