Culture, Brain and Development Student Group

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Meeting Information
Place: Adele Simmons Hall Lobby
Time: Thursdays, from 6-7:30
Contact Information
Signer Information
Signer 1: Aaron Lindeke-Meyers
Signer 2: Meghan McGarry
Signer 3:
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About Us

The CBD Student Group is a student-run discussion-biased group sponsored by the Culture, Brain, and Development Program. As the group draws its support from the program (which is generously funded by The Foundation for Psychocultural Research), we do not go through a student group recognition process. Instead of signers, the group is run by student co-directors, currently Aaron Lindeke-Meyers and Meghan McGarry

As we are a group lead by students, for students, we always are open to discuss and create workshops around what you want to know about Culture, Brain, and Development. We welcome students from all disciplines and at all levels of study.
We meet weekly in the ASH lobby to discuss common readings (usually recent articles or studies from leading journals), watch and talk about documentaries and films that explore CBD themes, and sometimes we try out mediation and host workshops.

In theory, we set out to dissect and examine what it means for human sciences and culture to interact with one another. In practice, our meetings usually involve nitpicking over methodology, sharing anecdotes vaguely related to papers, talking about Div III, eating pizza, Fresh Side, and other food stuffs, and loudly (but productively) arguing over the meaning of "Culture," "Brain," "Development," and "and."

Add your name on the CBD Students' email list to receive announcements and readings for the meetings.

Fall 2014 Meetings

===== :==== '''What exactly is Culture, Brain, & Development?''' Is it a mysterious organization developing tools to control the minds of unsuspecting Hampshire students??? Maybe it's a think tank in the works? Or maybe it's an academic program dedicated to helping students from all disciplines make interdisciplinary connections and discoveries by changing the way they think about and study societies and cultures, the mind and brain, and human growth and development? If you'd like to explore the answers to these questions - and then some - join the CBD Student Group. If you're new to CBD, come and see what the program's all about. If you're a CBD veteran, come ready to share. All students are welcome to attend! ==== =====

Thursday, 9/23 Instead of our regular meeting format this upcoming week we'll be attending the CBD lecture: Birth Across Cultures: An Evolutionary Perspective by Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D. on Tuesday, September 23, from 5:30-7:00pm in the FPH Main Lecture Hall.

This talk takes an evolutionary perspective on the cultural treatment of human childbirth, exploring cross-cultural birth practices in all six types of human subsistence strategies. The story of the Three Little Pigs provides an over-arching framework for the talk, with the “big bad wolf” understood as a metaphor for the dangers of nature, and the cultural fears of nature that developed in concordance with the evolution of agriculture and industrialization.

OCTOBER meetings

Thursday, 10/2 Our meeting topic this week picks up on some of the threads from our first meeting, where we discussed mental-performance enhancing drugs (e.g. Adderall), what their role is in our current society, the implications of their use, and what their role should be in the future (along with lots of other intriguing topics that tied in).

Why there is such a push for substances that enhance our ability to work?

What is it about our society that puts so much emphasis on productivity and efficiency that we feel the need to artificially enhance our productivity in order to meet this demand?

We'll discuss the emphasis placed on productivity in Western culture, the origins of this phenomenon, and what its implications are for us.

Join us for great discussion and some scrumptious dinner from a local restaurant! Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available. CEL-1 credit available.

Thursday, 10/9, Sarina Miller, a Division III student studying birth, will talk to us about her studies and the medicalization of birth. Come hear from a Div III and join us for great discussion and great dinner from a local restaurant. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available. CEL-1 credit available.

Thursday, 10/16/14, 6-7:30 Why Privacy Matters Come eat dinner, watch a TED Talk with Glenn Greenwald and discuss! Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world.

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available. CEL-1 credit available.

Meeting Archives

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Fall 2011

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Fall 2010

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Fall 2009


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