Victor Gulewitsch, a U of G sessional lecturer in anthropology, has been awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Global Citizenship Award by the Center for a Public Anthropology.
Named after one of the 20th century’s leading anthropologists, the award recognizes Gulewitsch’s efforts to bring greater public awareness to anthropological issues and for his exemplary participation in the center’s Community Action Online Project.
The project provides a platform for intellectual exchange and activism and engages thousands of students from more than 60 universities in exploring ethical issues in contemporary anthropology.
Gulewitsch was cited for inspiring students to apply classroom learning to real-world challenges and for encouraging them to be good global citizens.
Each term, Gulewitsch involves his introductory anthropology students in the Centre for a Public Anthropology’s international writing assignment.
“It’s a great way to expose the students to the applications of anthropology outside of academia, while at the same time developing valuable critical thinking and writing skills,” said Gulewitsch, who has taught at the University since 1999.
He has applied his own skills as an applied anthropologist to his work with Indigenous communities on land claims dispute resolution.
The Center for a Public Anthropology helps foster social accountability and service in higher education.