.........BHUBANESWAR: IN yet another achievement, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is cited in popular textbooks used in Introductory Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology courses in USA. As world's largest anthropology laboratory, students of Anthropology across the world will know about KISS as a preserver of world's indigenous population. As a result, thousands of university students in the USA will now have some knowledge about Odisha, tribals of Odisha and KISS.
Findings of a research work on KISS has now featured in two popular textbooks, ‘Window on Humanity-A Concise Introduction to Anthropology’ and ‘Mirror for Humanity-A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (8th Edition)' written by Conrad Philip Kottak. These two books are very popular for introductory level anthropology course in US universities.
The author of the textbooks has sourced most of the information from an article written by US Fulbright Scholar and Professor in Anthropology, Christine Finnan. The article appeared last year in Sapiens, a reputed anthropological magazine. Finnan had joined KISS during 2014-15 for doing extensive research on the institute.
As part of her research work, she gathered stories and personal accounts about the school and its impacts by interviewing 160 people including students, alumni, parents, staff, teachers, administrators and visitors.