Since October of 2007, Anthropological Studies Center staff archaeologist Michael Newland has been contributing radio commentaries on the intersections between archaeology and everyday life to the Perspectives Series, broadcast weekly from KQED Public Radio in San Francisco.
The focus of Perspectives is on California in general and the Bay Area more specifically.
Newland works with Perspectives editor Mark Trautwein and the KQED recording personnel for each piece.
His take on issues that compel him to let loose his own individual voice often turns to climate change. His most recent was on Feb. 18, 2015, a rebroadcast of a piece called Climate Shame about how to talk with kids about a very complex issue.
He has also, over the years, wrestled with how religious views affect attitudes about climate change. why it is a major disaster for archaeology and human history, and the impact of archaeology on Native American culture among others.
Other subjects have included the shaming power of social media, girl dolls, the tradition of citizen science, and the perseverance of those with chronic pain.
His Perspectives audio archive can be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/asc/outreach/commentary.html.
A life in archaeology
Mike Newland is a member of the Archaeological Resources Committee of the State Historic Resources Commission and a past President of the Society for California Archaeology. He has extensive experience in both prehistoric and historic archaeological site survey and excavation, having worked as an archaeologist for more than 20 years in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Newland has served as Coordinator for the Interpretive Outreach Program at ASC. He has designed archaeological courses for sixth to twelfth grade students through the University’s EXCEL Program for Youth, designed and taught graduate student research and training internships, and has given numerous classroom presentations for all ages.
He is a regular public speaker and has given presentations at Stanford University, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Society for California Archaeology, as well as to local tribal, non-profit, and government groups.