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SUNY Potsdam Hosts Digital Anthropology Film Festival on Nov. 9

October 29, 2019

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Anthropology Presents Second Film Festival, Premiering Student Films & Vlogs, on Nov. 9

Students gathered for a photo along with Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Faris Khan (foreground) at the first annual Digital Anthropology Film Festival at SUNY Potsdam last year.

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Anthropology will present its second annual Digital Anthropology Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Proscenium Theater, located in the College’s Performing Arts Center.

Numerous student films and vlogs will be premiered at the festival. Students in cultural anthropology and archaeology courses will have their works featured.

The ethnographic shorts will focus on a range of topics, including the experiences of students with autism, Crane School of Music students’ relationship with the larger Potsdam community, the practice of paganism in college, what gender-inclusive housing is like, college students’ perspectives on romantic relationships, the everyday experiences of African American students, and perspectives on the function and symbolism of certain campus spaces.

Archaeology students will be showing video skits, performances and vlogs on topics related to human evolution, plant and animal domestication, and early toolmaking techniques.

There will be a red-carpet reception with light refreshments from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and then the film screenings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to “dress their best” for the red carpet.

This event is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

The mission of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Anthropology is to provide students with knowledge of the five fields of anthropology and to give them practical experience in communities so that they can approach the world professionally and anthropologically. The College’s archaeological studies program offers students a chance to gain hands-on field experience working alongside experienced faculty as undergraduates. Past field school projects have included work in the North Country and the Adirondacks, and as far away as South Africa. To learn more, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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