Teagan Fleiner-Etheridge

Teagan Fleiner-Etheridge
Teagan Fleiner-Etheridge
Asian Studies
Leverett, Massachusetts

Before I came to St. Lawrence I had never taken an Anthropology class or knew much about the discipline. But, it didn’t take long to realize that this was the major for me. I realized I had always had a passion for Anthropology since I was young. Whether I was conducting excavations in my backyard, carrying around a tape recorder to interview my friends, or traveling the globe, people have always fascinated me, both past and present, their stories, their ideas, and how they live/lived their lives. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I truly believe that working to understand others is an important step towards a more peaceful earth.

While at St. Lawrence, I’ve had tons of anthropological fun both in and outside of the classroom. Anthropology has provided me with spectacular opportunities. As an active member of the Anthropology Club, I’ve visited the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, tried my hand at flint knapping, gone to the Akwesasne reservation, and built and slept in a quinzhee (snow igloo) imitating Otzi the Iceman. In addition, I’ve traveled to Peru with a fellow anthropology major and gawked and geeked at Incan ruins, mummies, and Peruvian culture. I’ve also participated in an Archaeological field school at a Native American shell midden site on the beautiful Maine coast. In addition to all this experience, I spent a semester abroad in North India where, in addition to classes, I completed an Independent Field Research Project. When I returned I had the opportunity to present this research at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Conference. Currently, I have an internship with “Away Games,” a television series and robust educational program in development with PBS’ World Channel. The series uses sport as a lens to view lives, cultures and conflicts around the globe.

As you can see, I’m all over the map in terms of my anthropological interests! But I would have to say that my favorite thing about St. Lawrence’s Anthropology department is the people. Our small department is passionate and close knit. I feel like I could knock on any one of the professors’ doors and have a chat (in fact I have done that quite a few times). Their support and care is beyond compare. My peers in the department are fun, dynamic, and just great to be around. Studying anthropology at St. Lawrence has only helped grow my appreciation for this world and its peoples and has fed my curiosity to explore and understand.