Brent Metz is the EWB-USA Sunflower State Professionals Cultural Liason and an essential team member in our current Guatemala-based clean-water project. Learn more about our only tenured member in this quick profile:
Name: Brent Metz
Education: MA Anthropology U. of Michigan, PhD Anthropology SUNY-Albany
Title & Employer: Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas
Number of Years Involved: 3
Books Written: 2009 1st editor, Cameron L. McNeil and Kerry M. Hull co-editors. The Ch’orti’ Maya Area, Past and Present. University Press of Florida. (25 contributors from 6 disciplines, 20 chapters).
2006 Ch’orti’-Maya Survival in Eastern Guatemala: Indigeneity in Transition. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. (346 pp.)
2002 with Julián López, Primero Dios: Etnografía y cambio social entre los mayas ch’orti’s del oriente de Guatemala [God Willing: Ethnography and Social Change among the Ch’orti’ Maya of Eastern Guatemala]. Guatemala: FLACSO, Plumsock, Oxfam, COMACH. & Horizont 3000. (279 pp.)
Why did you get involved with EWB-USA Sunflower State Professionals? An opportunity to help out the Ch’orti’ Maya in particular, to whom I’m indebted for their hospitality and my career, and the chance to work with some pretty special engineers. (I was once an engineering major myself).
If time travel were possible what year would you visit and why? Just think of the advantages I could have now if I could skip ahead to the year 2100 for a bit. But I’d like an emergency button to immediately return me to now in case it’s too brutal.
What food obsession do you have that you wish you didn’t have? Cheese, cheese, cheese. Wonderful, belly-expanding, cholesterol-laden, expensive, stinky-feet-smelling cheeeeeeeese. The sharper the better. Must be the rodent in me. (I regret alcohol, too, but only the day after. My memory malfunctions as soon as another beer is placed in front of me).
Do you have a secret talent? I can rock out with the best singing in the shower. Seating is limited, however. I can also spin a mean frisbee, but this has yet to bring the fame and fortune I deserve, either.
If your iPod could only contain music from one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be? Excruciating…. Based on the sheer number of sing-able shower songs, I suppose I’d have to go with The Beatles. Then again, the most exhilarating thing about iPods are all the NEW songs that one just downloaded …