Contact and Programming:

Over the years, Everyday Anthropology has produced and presented exciting content on a variety of topics ranging from human evolution to deforestation to frying pans.

Everything we offer is billed on a sliding scale, because while it is a lot of work to prepare and present, we don’t want anyone to be without this content. And remember, every cent Anthrospin makes goes directly towards providing field experiences to anthropology students who may otherwise not be able to obtain it. By supporting Anthrospin, you’re supporting the future of anthropology for years to come. You can learn more by visiting our mission page!

If you’d like to have Anthrospin give a talk, screening, or presentation at your institution, just ask. Below our contact form you’ll find the list of presentations that Anthrospin can give on very short notice. Whether it’s one listed here or a topic local to you or important to your organization, we’re certain we can put together something for you.

And don’t forget: it’s the future. Remote talks and screenings are always an option.

Our Programming:

Rhode Island’s Industrial Revolution

The first major project undertaken by Anthrospin, Rhode Island’s Industrial Revolution is a documentary that runs 55 minutes. Joe LyonWurm introduces the documentary and the topic of the Industrial Revolution, the impact of the textile industry in Rhode Island, the 1922 textile strike, and also touches on how to produce engaging documentary content using stuff you’re probably familiar with and may already own. Following the film is a Q&A about the production, asking questions and get answers from your surroundings, and really anything that comes up related to the film.

Pedal for Pongo

Pedal for Pongo is the second major documentary production by Anthrospin. It follows Joe and Julie as they cycle from Providence, Rhode Island to the Philadelphia Zoo. This film talks about the parallel histories of zoos and the field of anthropology, and how zoos have transformed from entertainment at the expense of the captive animals to becoming the last bastion of hope for species whose habitats have been destroyed by the consistent development and displacement that follows industrialization.

Historical Bike Tours

Built around a philosophy of accessible education and outdoors exploration, Everyday Anthropology (remember, it was founded as Pedal Powered Anthropology) can put together and lead historical bike tours on the local culture and history of your area!

Rhode Island’s Stove Industry

Overshadowed by the textile, silver, and jewelry industries, iron foundries were an incredibly early industry in Rhode Island. Built on two of Anthrospin’s books–The Cast Iron Field Guide and Lost & Foundry–this presentation discusses the innovation of the 19th century stove industry in the United States, focusing on the many foundries in Rhode Island, the individuals who operated them, how the state was shaped around them, and how they came to fade from the state’s industries.

Studying Everyday Objects Anthropologically

Everyday Anthropology has always focused on the rich cultural history underlying everyday objects and locations–that’s how it got its name! This talk takes several items familiar to just about everyone and explores their history a bit while discussing how to delve into this kind of research on your own. This is a short presentation well-suited to a booth at a historical festival

Introduction to Paleoanthropology

Joe came to anthropology through a lifelong passion for human origins. With decades of reading and “armchair research” as well as legitimate contributions to the discipline later on, Joe can tailor talks on the study of human origins to just about any age group–including college-level talks–complete with skull casts of some iconic fossils.