Sam Beck
Lecturer Sr
2008
HEUrban

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Current Activities

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

Biography

Biographical Statement
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submitted for publication a manuscript "Anthropology and Service Learning for the Festschrift in honor of John W. Cole (unpublished).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.

Education
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

Administrative Responsibilities
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

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Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
1992-Present    

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

Related Websites
Urban Semester Program website

Selected Publications
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.