ARNOLD PEREY, Ph.D teaches the course “Anthropology Is about You and Everyone” and is an instructor of the “Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method” workshop. He received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Columbia University. His dissertation, based on Aesthetic Realism, describes research conducted in Papua New Guinea, supported by the National Science Foundation. He taught at Brooklyn College and Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, Seton Hall University, and Drew University. His articles include “A New Perspective for American Anthropology: The Philosophy of Aesthetic Realism” (originally presented at the American Anthropological Association) and “The Real Opposition to Racism.”
- Ph.D. 1973 Columbia University; anthropology; dissertation sponsor, Margaret Mead
- 1968-present: Aesthetic Realism Foundation; study with Eli Siegel and with Ellen Reiss
- 1968 School of Visual Arts; printmaking, study with Chaim Koppelman
- 1964 University of Nevada, Reno; anthropological field training with Wayne Suttles, Warren d’Azevedo, Sven Liljeblad & Don D. Fowler
- B.A. 1962 University of Chicago; anthropology, study with Robert Braidwood, F. Clark Howell
HONORS / GRANTS
- 2002-3 Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in Science & Engineering
- 1967-8 Grant, National Science Foundation: Dissertation Field Research, Papua New Guinea
- c.1966-71 Fellowship, United States Public Health Service
- 1964 National Science Foundation: Field Research Training Grant, Paiute-Shosone Nation, central Nevada
- 1973-present: Aesthetic Realism Foundation, Aesthetic Realism consultant
- 1971-76 Queensborough Community College (CUNY), assoc. prof. anthropology
- 1971 Brooklyn College (CUNY), instructor personality and culture
- 1971 Drew University, instructor personality and culture
- 1970-1 Seton Hall University, instructor anthropology and sociology
- Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea—A Novel Against Racism. (New York: Waverly Place Press, 2004)
- Were They Equal? A children’s book against prejudice based on an African story. (New York: Waverly Place Press: New York, 2004)
- Interdisciplinary Musicology (Department of Musicology, University of Graz, 2004). Chapter: “Aesthetic Realism: A New Foundation for Interdisciplinary Musicology.” (Co-authored with Edward Green.)
- Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea—A Novel Against Racism. (Waverly Place Press: New York, 2005)
- Were They Equal? A children’s book against prejudice based on an African story. Orange Angle Press: New York, 2004 & 2008.
- “Teaching Indian Culture in the United States,” India Journal (9 March 01).
- “The Aesthetics of Evolution,” Philippine Post (February 01).
- “Teaching Indian Culture in the United States,” India Journal (9 March 01)
- “The Aesthetics of Evolution,” Philippine Post (February 01)
- “Causes of Racism,” Anthropology Newsletter (April 1999)
- “Aesthetic Realism: The Solution to Racism,” The Black World Today & others (1999-01)
- “The Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel As a Teaching Method in Anthropology,” Anthropology and Education Quarterly, November, 1976
- “A New Perspective for Anthropology: The Philosophy of Aesthetic Realism,” The Anthropologist (University of Delhi, India), 1975
LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS / EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
- 7/19/10 Gwe: Young Man of New Guinea, a multimedia talk at East Elmhurst Library given by Arnold Perey, Barbara Allen, & Allan Michael
- 10/21/09 The anti-racism educational performance event in the Congressional Auditorium (US Capitol), The People of Clarendon County—A Play by Ossie Davis, & the Answer to Racism, opened by Majority Whip, Rep. James E. Clyburn, was presented by Alice Bernstein & joined by others, including Dr. Arnold Perey.
- 9/18/08 Alice Bernstein presented The People of Clarendon County at the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, joined by Arnold Perey, Allan and Monique Michael, hosted by Donna Fleming of the Caribbean Cultural and Literary Center.
- 11/21/08 The American Anthropological Association and the Melanesia Interest Group: Arnold Perey spoke in San Francisco at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting on Gwe: A Novel Against Racism; or, Aesthetic Realism Shows Anthropology Is about Yourself!
- 6/16/08 Arnold Perey and Barbara Allen presented Were They Equal? at the Tanglewood School, a Montessori pre-kindergarten on Staten Island.
- 4/8/08 A. Perey, B. Allen, & A. Michael workshop for children 5-8 years old on Were They Equal? at The Reading Team after-school program in Harlem, NY.
- 2/27/08 Arnold Perey gave a multimedia presentation of Gwe: Young Man of New Guinea—A Novel Against Racism, at the Hue-Man bookstore in Harlem joined by Allan Michael and Barbara Allen.
- 10/13/07 B. Allen, A. Perey, and L. Colavito gave five-hour class on “Is Every Subject a Means of Character Education?” as part of SCOPE, the Suffolk County Organization for the Promotion of Education.
- July 25 & 26, 2007 B. Allen, A. Perey, L. Colavito gave a one-day class on the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method as part of the SCOPE program in Suffolk County on Long Island.
- 4/9/07 B. Allen & A. Perey gave presentation of Were They Equal? at Arts, Inc. in Queens to children 9-16.
- 12/09/06 B. Allen, A. Perey, and L. Colavito teach in-service course in the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method for SCOPE on Long Island
- 5/18/06 A. Perey & B. Allen present 4 classes on Were They Equal? Tutor Time Day Care Center in East Rockaway, NY.
- 3/11 and 3/25/06 B. Allen, A. Perey, and L. Colavito teach an in-service course in the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method for SCOPE on Long Island
- 1/13/06 Arnold Perey speaks at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA on Aesthetic Realism & Anthropology
- 4/4/05 Arnold Perey spoke at Northeast Anthropological Association Conference at Lake Placid, 4/4/0511/19-21/04 NY State Art Teachers Assoc.: L. Colavito, D. Ellison, R. Plumstead, A. Perey, & M. Rackow
- 4/2004 “Aesthetic Realism: A New Foundation for Interdisciplinary Musicology.” CIM04 Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. Graz/Austria: Hosted by the Department of Musicology, University of Graz. Presented by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.
- 2002 “Aesthetic Realism, Art, and Anthropology: Or, Justice to People.” International Conversations through Art: 31st InSEA (International Society for Education through Art) World Congress at the Center for International Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York: 2003.
- 10/2002 “The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Relates Self, Subject, World: And Students Learn.” New Jersey Science Teachers’ Association, Somerset, NJ
- 8/2002 “Aesthetic Realism, Art, and Anthropology; or, Justice to People.” International Society for Education through Art, New York City
- 3/2001 “Racism Can End—the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel Explains How.” Featured seminar at Campus Outreach Opportunity League, 17th Annual Conference, hosted by Harvard University
- Photographs and etchings exhibited at the Terrain Gallery and School of Visual Arts, NYC
At the Aesthetic Realism Foundation:
Seminars include studies of:
- Charles Darwin
- Benedict Arnold
- Olaudah Equiano
- Meredith’s The Egoist
- The African story “Maliane and the Water Snake”
Anthropology classes: approximately 500 lectures given from 1976 -present. Here are titles from a recent course on “Conflict”:
- “Me vs. the World” in Anthropology
- Why Do Men and Women Fight in the Tribe and the Apartment?
- The Battle of Employer vs. Employee (From Siberian Nomads to Detroit and Flint, Michigan)
- Fighting with Spears, Arrows, Swords & More—for What? (From Icelandic Sagas to the New York Times)
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