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Current Professional Activities
2006 Planning Committee of the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service
2006 Christo Rey Brooklyn High School Steering Committee Member
1998-present Member of the New York Presbyterian Hospial Medical Ethics Committee
2004-2007 Consultant, South Side Mission After School Program
2005-present Consultant, Monserat Skills Academy After School Program
1999-present Member of the Advisory Board, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dept. of Pastoral Care and Education
2008-present Member of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education Ten Year Review Committee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital
Sam Beck is currently Director, New York City Urban Semester. Sam is a social and cultural anthropologist who earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He carried out field research in the Middle East, Central and Balkan Europe, and in the United States. His present interets focus on disparity issues in the United States, Medical Culture, Urban issues, Experiential Learning forms, and Ethnographic Methods and Ethics. Sam regularly participates in the American Anthropology Association annual meeting where he has been a co-organizer, chair, and presenter of sessions dealing with Public Anthropology. In the last 5 years Sam published a number of articles.These are "Becoming a North American Anthropologist" 2003, in the Society for the Anthropology of North America America section of Anthropology News solicited by the editor. In 2005, Sam submitted for publication a manuscript "Anthropology and Service Learning for the Festschrift in honor of John W. Cole (unpublished). He was aksed by the editor to write the article, "Community Service Learning," for the Bulletin of the General Anthropology Division. In 2006, Sam edited a set of peer reviewed articles with the title of Experiential Learning: Lived Practice and Knowing-in-Action and wrote the Introduction, published by The Anthropology of Work Review. In the same year he contributed an article, "Healthy Wednesdays in Our Hood," in a peer reviewed book with the title, Pedagogies of Praxis: Interdesciplinary Perspectives on Course-Based Action Research. In 2007-2008, Sam wrote drafts of six chapters with a tentative title, Experiential Learning: Theory and Method.
1967-1968 Year Abroad, University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1969 B.A. Anthropology, Portland State University
1973 M.A. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts
1979 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts
1980-1981 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Alcohol Studies, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
1992-Present-Director of the New York City Urban Semester Program.
1988-1992-Director, Field and International Study Program, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.
1985-1988-Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Assistant Dean of Planning, Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research.
1985-1982 City of Providence, Rhode Island, Acting Director of Public Programming, Director, Program Manager, Museum of Natural History
Courses, Websites, Pubs
HE 470 Multicultural Issues in Urban Affairs, 3 credits
HE 480 Communities in Multicultural Practice, 6 credits
HE 490 Multicultural Practice, Service, and Leadership, 6 credits
HE 495 Medicine, Culture, Service, and Professional Practice in a Diverse World, 6 credits
Urban Semester Program website
Books and Edited Special Journal Issues
---- Public Anthropology. Special Issue, Sam Beck, Guest Editor. Anthropology in Action; Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Bergham Journals. Submitted for publication, 2008.
2006 Experiential Learning, Lived Practice, and Knowing-in-Action. Special Issue. Sam Beck, Guest Editor. The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work, American Anthropology Association. XXVI (2).
2001 Radicalizing Anthropology? Toward Experiential Learning. Special Issue. Sam Beck Guest Editor. The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work, American Anthropology Association. XXII (2): 1-6).
1992 Manny Almeida’s Ringside Lounge: The Cape Verdean Struggle for their Neighborhood. Providence, RI GAVEA-Brown Publications
1981 Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southeastern Europe. (co-edited) with John W. Cole). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, Antropologisch-Sociologisch Centrum.
Chapters and Articles
---- “Introduction: Public Anthropology.” Public Anthropology. Special Issue, Sam Beck, Guest Editor. Anthropology in Action; Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Bergham Journals. (submitted for publication, 2008).
2006 “Healthy Wednesdays in Our Hood.” In
Hofman, Nila Ginger and Howard Rosing, editors.
Pedagogies of Praxis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on
Course-Based Action Research. Boltom, MA: Anker Publishing.
2006 “Introduction: Experiential Learning, Lived Practice and Knowing-In-Action.” Sam Beck, ed. Special Issue. The Anthropology of Work Review (peer reviewed), Society for the Anthropology of Work. XXVI (2):1-5.
2002 “Radicalizing Anthropology: Community Service Learning,” Special Issue, The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work. XXII (2-6).
1993 “Racism and the Formation of a Romani Ethnic Leader.” In George E. Marcus, Editor, Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics and Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.