Published: Dec. 18, 2020

Tanzania or bust, with the help of Zoom

Anthropology instructor converting study abroad course into virtual seminar

By Doug McPherson

Lions in TanzaniaIt’s a major lesson in anthropology: humans adapt. So it’s no surprise that when University of Colorado Boulder anthropologist Laura DeLuca needed to adapt in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s exactly what she did. 

DeLuca, an instructor with the First Year Academic Experience in Social Science, Math and Statistics at CU Boulder, has taught ANTH 4020-810: Conservation and Indigenous Peoples, also known as Global Seminar Tanzania, since 2012. It’s a three-week study abroad course that sends students on a 9,084-mile trip to the East African country to study the culture and learn about conservation efforts there. 

But when the pandemic hit, DeLuca had two options: cancel or adapt. But adapt how? 

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