Tanzania or bust, with the help of Zoom
Anthropology instructor converting study abroad course into virtual seminar
By Doug McPherson
It’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?