The New York Times listed Wesch as one of 10 professors in the nation whose courses “mess with old models” and added that “they give students an experience that might change how they think, what they care about or even how they live their lives.” He is an avid storyteller of many genres whose presentations, animations, videos, podcasts, and video games have been experienced by millions. He has won several major awards for his work, including the US Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, the Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.
Ryan Klataske is an award-winning photographer, rancher, land steward, world traveler, and a doctoral candidate in Anthropology with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University. His dissertation research focuses on wildlife management partnerships in Namibia. For the past 3 years Ryan has been teaching the online sections of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, inspiring and transforming the lives of people of many ages and backgrounds and consistently averaging 4.9+ on teaching evaluations.