French Translation: http://www.namosi.org/~holbrook/
Romanian Translation:http://webhostinggeeks.com/science/jarita-holbrook-ro (by Web Geek Science)
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I'm currently editing a manuscript on my recently completed study of celestial navigation in three cultures. The communities were located on Moce Island in Fiji, on the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia, and at the United States Naval Academy. All these communities continue to navigate at night on the ocean using the stars. However, the way they use the stars and which stars they use reflects their physical location on the Earth as well as their navigation needs. The book "Following the Stars" details the importance of navigation by the stars in this age of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
The classes I have designed and taught often include the intersection between Africans/African Americans and the physical sciences, such as "African American Scientists" which I taught at UCLA, and "African Philosophical Worlds", which I taught at UA and touched on philosophy of science. Since joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, I have exclusively taught classes focused on Cultural Astronomy: One class on Africa, another on the Pacific, and a graduate cultural astronomy class. I am working with video production teams to create new resources for my classes like the Ghana Eclipse video and Hubble's Diverse Universe. I often wonder if a cultural astronomy program is needed to train students in the United States, or if cultural astronomy should remain under anthropology, astronomy, or the history of science. For now, I teach classes crosslisted in astronomy and anthropology. In addition to those courses I have given lectures on African American scientists' assimulation strategies, representations of African American scientists in films, and about my education and career as an African American woman astrophysicist. I give several outreach talks a year for young people interested in studying the sciences. My talk given to young women at the Space Telescope Institute is online linked to my Web projects page.
ASTR/ANTH/AIS 447A/557A Anthropology of Astronomy
ASTR/ANTH 345: Cultural Astronomy: Pacific.
Anthropological Case Studies in Navigation - Summer 2007 grad course at the Institut fur Ethnologie, Heidelberg, Germany.
ANTH_493-1: Ghana Internship Class
ASTR/ANTH_345: Cultural Astronomy: Africa
Though the terms archaeoastronomy, ethnoastronomy, and cultural astronomy are relatively new, the study of astronomy in diverse cultures has been an emerging field for about 100 years. Books that touch on this field tend to be sensational with very little scientific research. In response, I have made a reading list on Amazon that should help beginners: The Cultural Astronomy Reader .
Web Projects: As part of my
research in astronomy and culture, I spend a lot of time in museums searching
for artifacts. What I find is art, instruments, and tools relevant
to astronomy. I have been toying with what to do with this information
but for now I want to make it available to the public. If you do use any
of this information for your classes or publications please cite this website.
Linked Publications (Updated 5/2012): A few of my papers and my students' papers are available on the internet. These have already been published so you can cite and refer to them as you would a normal paper article. There are also links to African Cultural Astronomy resources and syllabi on the WEB.
Web Projects and Publications.