Anthropology of Alcohol
The Anthropology of Alcohol (ANTH140) is a course I teach at Penn State University that introduces students to the basic concepts of anthropology by highlighting the variability of alcohol use through time and space. From the world’s first beer in Henan, China in 7000 B.C. to local craft breweries in central Pennsylvania the class explores the historical and societal impacts of alcohol production. From the ceremonial use of fermented mare's milk (airag) in Mongolia to ritualized tailgating at Beaver Stadium, students are presented with the highly varied ways in which alcohol is produced and consumed.