Hidden Voice

September 26th, 2011

Digital story about a father’s smoking habit and his son’s reflection on how tobacco use threatens health and family. The video was produced in a three-day workshop held at Denver-based Sisters of Color United for Education in March 2011.

The video was produced for the research project “Tobacco control and digital storytelling: Collaborative videography with Latino adults to promote health equity among Colorado Latinos” (#09-0099). The purpose of the project is to equip Latino adults with media literacy and video production skills for creating their own digital stories based on health narratives aimed at increasing the leadership capacity of Latino adults.

Funds for the project provided by the UC Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute at the University of Colorado.

Krystle Alirez, Monica Fullmer and Hannah Nichols- 2010-11 UROP/CCTSI Award Recipients and Co-Principal Investigators.

Student Blogs

September 7th, 2011

Below is a list of students and their blogs created for an assignment in the course “Culture of Development and Globalization,” Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, fall 2011. At the end of this post are the instructions for the blog assignment. (photo above: spices at market in Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 2011, Marty Otañez)






















Instructions: Blog Assignment (15 points)
Students will create a blog and upload three blog entries (each entry is worth five points), with each entry being 500 words minimum about one theory, method and/or anthropological problem raised in course readings. This requirement will increase students’ awareness on anthropology’s role in development and globalization processes. The assignment is designed to allow you to more deeply engage from scholarly and advocacy standpoints with approaches to development and globalization. Each blog entry is in the form of a critical reflection and reaction statement. A blog entry provides opportunities for you to strategically select portions of the logic, organization, and emphasis of the original texts you find interesting and write about them in a coherent, persuasive and mindful manner. The assignment is limited to 500 words or more to encourage you to be precise in your writing on the most compelling parts of texts that are meaningful to you on a personal and professional level. You are encouraged to integrate in each blog entry one or more captioned image, video excerpt and/or other resource to substantiate your points and enhance the design of the entry. No points will be given to an entry that simply summarizes texts or the topic. Each student is required to create an individual blog with a brief introductory statement and send to me the web link for the blog before our class meeting on Tuesday, August 30 (www.wordpress.com is free and recommended; here’s an example of a blog from a former UCD student: Nutrition and Development in China). Additional details regarding each blog topic will be discussed in class. Blog topics are:

1- Globalization processes (due September 13)
2- A country-level vignette of development (due October 4)
3- Future directions of anthropology as a participant in development (due November 1)

Tobacco Industry Agriculture Exploitation

August 6th, 2011

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

Episode 3. Best Friends Forever

July 22nd, 2011

Watch the third episode in a series of episodes on the practices of tobacco companies. The series of short videos highlights tobacco industry documents research using the online Legacy Tobacco Documents Library and British American Tobacco Documents Archive.

Holly and Ashlee Temple, artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver, contributed artwork to Best Friends Forever. See some more of their artwork at www.hollyandashleetemple.com

Episode 2. The Smoking Gun

July 22nd, 2011

Watch another episode in a series of episodes on the practices of tobacco companies. The series of short videos highlights tobacco industry documents research using the online Legacy Tobacco Documents Library and British American Tobacco Documents Archive

Anne Landman, special guest. Visit Anne’s blog

Viral Hepatitis Digital Stories

July 14th, 2011

The digital stories created by participants in the research project “Digital Health Stories: Video Interventions for Hepatitis C in Colorado” (protocol #11-0243) are ready for viewing at the web link below. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the project funder. For more information, contact CDPHE’s Viral Hepatitis Program, 303 692 2780; hepatitiscolorado.info

After you watch one or more of the videos (average length for each video is 3 minutes), we invite you to complete a 10-minute survey. The survey is the same for each digital story. We will use the information obtained from the survey research to understand the influence of digital health stories on viewers’ perceptions of hepatitis and on hepatitis prevention.

Please forward the digital stories and survey to individuals you may know who are affected with hepatitis, completed treatment for hepatitis, have a family member or close friend infected with hepatitis, or have experience in hepatitis awareness.

Sample image from the survey is below.


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.

betsy bug

May 3rd, 2011

Video about family relationships and mental health issues. Produced by Wanda Lakota in a digital storytelling workshop in Denver, Colorado, May 2010, as part of the research project “Tobacco Control and Digital Storytelling: Collaborative Videography with Latino Adults to Promote Health Equity Among Colorado Latinos.”

Marty Otañez, Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor
Anthropology Department, University of Colorado Denver


Funds provided by
University of Colorado Latino/a Research and Policy Center

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute


April 12th, 2011

DRAFT video trailer on the health and ecological costs of uranium mining in Malawi, Africa.

Companion Video Study Guide/Policy Brief, page 1

Companion Video Study Guide/Policy Brief, page 2

“The Preferential Option for the Poor”

March 30th, 2011


“The Preferential Option for the Poor” is one of the key principles of Liberation Theology. The historical video showcases the “White Fathers,” a group of Catholic missionaries in Malawi, Africa, and their work to end the slave trade, increase rural development, and end child labor in Malawi’s tobacco sector.

The “White Fathers” contributed to the development of the Tobacco Tenants and Allied Worker’s Union of Malawi to promote living wages and collective bargaining rights for tobacco farm workers.

Cigarette manufacturers Philip Morris and British American Tobacco buy tobacco leaf from Malawi, profiting from unpaid child labor and health inequalities on tobacco farms.

The video integrates archival video from Nyasaland (colonial Malawi) in 1940-50.

For more information contact

Raphael Sandramu
Tobacco Tenants and Allied Worker’s Union of Malawi

Bill Turnbull
Centre for Social Concern
Missionaries of Africa, Malawi

Marty Otañez, producer, sidewalkradio.net

Sarah Gee, editor, Anthropology Undergraduate Student, University of Colorado, Denver

Video Study Guide and Policy Brief, page 1 of 2

Video Study Guide and Policy Brief, page 2 of 2