Caryn M. Berg
University of Denver, 10107 Waco Street, Commerce City, CO 80022
Description of past and current involvement in public outreach and education
Member of the PEC from 1995 – 2002. My focus in public outreach and education has been primarily in the education of college level students. I have been an educator (of college students) for over 10 years. In those years of teaching, I have come to recognize that students desperately need to be educated about the importance of the public to archaeology. To that end, I have developed several classes that focus on that topic in some way. These classes include: Cultural Resource Management, Popular Archaeology, and Archaeology of the Southwest Through Fiction.
In addition, the focus of two of my publications has been on the public and archaeology:
1999 Selling Archaeology: Interpretations in Public Archaeology. Public Archaeology Review 3(3): 3-7. In progress Teaching Southwest Archaeology Through Fiction. Chapter to be published in upcoming volume entitled Teaching Archaeology for Fun.
Interest in PEC Membership
I would like to get back to my main goal of educating future archaeologists about the importance of the public to the future of archaeology. I was not as active as I could have been when I was a member in the past, and now my schedule permits me to actively contribute toward the mission of the PEC.
Area of interest: Teaching future archaeologists about the importance of communicating effectively with the public so that we can maintain their interest in our work. Secondarily, I am also interested in the ways archaeologists today communicate with the public.
Target audience(s): college students, professional archaeologists