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Tobacco Industry Agriculture Exploitation

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Sign the petition “Use Tobacco Industry Agriculture Exploitation” as the Theme for World No Tobacco Day 2012


Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Julia Weschler, Producer. Digital story about a student’s experience with dyslexia. Project completed for assignment in the course “Video and Social Change,” Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, Maymester 2011. Marty Otañez, instructor.

Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out (Free Workshop 23 Feb 2011)

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Women for Justice in Africa and Marty Otanez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver, have organized a free side event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 23 February 2011.

The event- a workshop- is called “Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out,” and will help participants learn to use stories of women and child laborers on tobacco farms in Kenya to create successful policy and advocacy campaigns that address the rights violations they face. Participants will obtain tips for using digital stories to show how transnational companies profit from child labor and indecent work in tobacco growing developing countries.

The free workshop is scheduled from 3-6pm on Wednesday 23 February 2011. The venue is the Conference Room (1st floor), Uganda Mission in New York, 336 East 45th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York 10017. The subway stop is Grand Central.

Call Marty at 415 306 4754 in the U.S. if you have questions or need clarification.

To confirm participation, please send an email to Mary Okioma,

Click below to view event flyer

Forensic Nursing and Digital Storytelling: A Documentary

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Check out this video that shows the nuts and bolts of digital storytelling and digital storytelling workshops.

In May 2010, the Center for Digital Storytelling conducted a workshop at the University of Colorado with the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Known worldwide for its focus on caring and reflective practice, Sue Hagedorn and Vicki Erickson from the University, in conjunction with recruitment from IAFN, brought together nurses from around the country for the workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Daniel Weinshenker and Mary Ann McNair from the Center for Digital Storytelling.

Film-maker Sue Hagedorn captured the entire workshop on video and then edited a short-form documentary out of the footage and various interviews with the storytellers. The result is one of the first documentaries that highlights the work of the Center for Digital Storytelling, the intricacies of what happens during the workshop process instead of just the end-products that are made in the workshop.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Wole enjoys Searanch, California, in the few days before turning three in August 2010.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

a draft digital story about cancer

El Gallo

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Story about Martin, a heroin addict, and his struggle to find clean and cheap syringes on the streets of Denver, Colorado.

Created in the digital storytelling workshop in Denver, fall 2009. A research project of Dr. Otañez, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado Denver.

Yellowcake Is Not Green

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Video features the health and ecological costs of uranium mining by Australian-based Paladin in Malawi, Africa. Created for class project, Culture and the Environment, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, fall 2009.

Teri Hauser ( producer

Marty Otañez ( instructor

Men in Nursing

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Men in Nursing, a medical anthropology video, features five male nurses in California and their experiences in a gendered healthcare workforce. Latino, Asian, and African American male nurses, nurse students, and directors of nursing programs discuss the adrenalin surge in emergency rooms and the gratification of keeping babies healthy in newborn intensive care units. Male nurses tell their stories of overcoming stereotypes and achieving success in a traditionally female dominated professional.

The video targets young adult males (ages 16-24) to encourage them to consider nursing as a viable career, and pressures medical anthropologists engaged in health policy to increase the number of male nurses. The film is a digital intervention to reduce nursing shortages in California and the U.S. generally. Marty Otañez and Bob Patterson, RN and administrative director of the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare, co-produced Men in Nursing in 2009.

Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Project in Malawi’s Tobacco Sector

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

In summer 2001, the University of California Research Expeditions Program sponsored my research project called “Slave Traders of Lake Nyasa in Malawi.” The project involved 13 international fieldworkers focused on past and present forms of slavery in Malawi, specifically child labor and bonded labor in Malawi’s tobacco growing sector. Two teams of field assistants conducted ethnographic research on tobacco farms and villages nearby tobacco farms in Nhkotakota and Kasungu districts in Malawi during two week trips.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned the Malawi fieldwork project in a news story on international education projects in October 2001.

Short video (5 mins.) shows key project findings.

Click image to watch video