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Immigration Clinic

For any current students concerned about immigration status and issues, on February 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m. the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program is hosting an immigration clinic Local attorneys are meeting pro bono with any students, faculty, or staff who may have questions about immigration status. It will be held at the Law School. RSVP is https://www.eventbrite.com/hrap-event-tickets-31700719706.

10th annual Social Justice Research Paper Awards

Last year, one of own, Tyler Short (MA 16) won the Graduate Award.

10th annual Social Justice Research Paper Awards

The University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research is sponsoring its 10th annual Social Justice Research Paper Awards. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

$300 for best graduate essay

$100 each for two best undergraduate essays



 ·         Engage one or more social justice topics. Preference given to papers engaging race,

class, gender, sexuality, religion, peace/conflict, environmentalism, disability, and/or age. Papers do NOT have to be about Anne Braden.

 ·         Undergraduates must use at least one source from the Braden Institute reading room and/or the Braden Papers in University Archives.

 ·         Graduate students should use books and paper collections if relevant to the research topic.

 ·         Paper must be 8-25 pages in length. This is not including reference pages. It must be double-spaced and in 12 point font.


Deadline to submit papers:

Tuesday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Ekstrom Library, Room 258


Winning papers announced:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Visit louisville.edu/braden for full guidelines

Field Course in the Brazilian Amazon- Indigenous peoples, Conservation, and Development

Applications for this summer's University of Maryland study abroad program, Conservation and Indigenous Peoples, are now open! This field course explores the relationship between indigenous peoples, development, and conservation in Brazil's Amazon forest from July 17th - August 3rd.

This is a rare opportunity to explore, learn and work in the Brazilian Amazon with the Kayapó. The course touches on a broad range of topics from anthropology to conservation biology to international education. You can find out more about the program on our course web page

You can begin your application here. Applications are due March 1, 2017. Your application must be complete by Feb.15th to be considered for a UMD scholarship.

In addition to the incredible learning opportunity, this six credit course meets the UMD General Education Requirements for Scholarship in Practice and Cultural Competence and as well as ECEV enrichment requirement for BSCI students.

There are limited spots on the program, so completing an application early is highly advised, this will make sure your application will be considered.  

Interested students can email us directly: Janet Chernela (chernela@umd.edu), Matt Aruch maruch@umd.edu, or Emily Colon at ecolon@umd.edu

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!

AAA Calls for Immediate Reversal of Executive Order Banning Immigrants

January 29, 2017

Contact Name: Jeff Martin 
Contact Email: jmartin@americananthro.org

AAA Calls for Immediate Reversal of Executive Order Banning Immigrants

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) calls on the US government to immediately reverse its ill-informed, heavy-handed executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Department of Homeland Security immediately began enforcing the order, including barring green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States, with exceptions to be evaluated on a bureaucratically slow and inefficient case-by-case basis.

“The order must be rescinded, immediately, and the hateful cultural ignorance behind it must be named,” said AAA President Alisse Waterston.

Anthropology is dedicated to making the world safe for cultural differences. Our scholarship helps advance understanding by taking the long and comparative view of human behavior. From our perspective, this executive order serves no useful purpose and dramatically reverses decades of precedent without any apparent careful consideration for the violation of human rights of refugees and immigrants and of the prospect for potentially dangerous consequences. This executive order places scholars, students and practitioners in anthropology and other disciplines in serious jeopardy.

“We will continue to muster anthropological knowledge and expertise in the service of upholding human rights, protecting academic freedom and helping solve—not exacerbate—human problems,” Waterston added. “To our friends and colleagues around the world, we feel compelled to emphasize this new administration’s actions do not reflect the views of a majority or even a plurality of the American people. This government cannot hide behind the spectacle and highly charged xenophobic rhetoric of nationalism any longer. Its policies and practices must be based on knowledge gained from systematic observation. To do otherwise places human rights and the rule of law in peril. We are watching closely, and hold this new administration accountable for remaining within the guide rails of truth and justice.”

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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with 10,000 members, is the world’s largest scholarly and professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and applying this understanding to the world’s most pressing problems.


June 1 - July 1, 2017


6 credits (Ethnographic Field School / Language and Culture)


Appalachian State University, UNC system


Director: Dr. Jon Carter, carterjh@appstate.edu and Dr. Christina Sornito, sornitocv@appstate.edu


$3,400 (includes: roundtrip airfare from Charlotte to Quito, in-country transportation, food and lodging for 30 days, entrance



Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2017

NOTE: This program is limited to 12 spots with a pre-approval process.




Now in its tenth year, and in collaboration with the Appalachian State University Ethnography Lab (Department of Anthropology), this program will give students the opportunity to travel to Ecuador where they will learn about indigenous culture and language by working with a community in the Amazon. The majority of the program will be spent on the shores of the Napo River, one of the main tributaries that create the Amazon River.


This is an anthropological-based program in which students will take two courses. In the first, Ethnographic Field School, students learn the scope of ethnographic methods used by fieldworking anthropologists, and begin to design small-scale research projects of their own. Students work directly with an indigenous women's cooperative focused on gender, sustainable community tourism, and the transformation/conservation of local traditions. Students work with community members to learn about indigenous representation in Ecuador, and the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on identity, gender, and community empowerment among Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the upper Amazon. The program  focuses on engaged anthropology and collaborative partnerships between scholars, students, and local community members. For the second course, Language and Culture, students learn about the Kichwa language, and the politics of language preservation, heritage, and cultural activism in Ecuador.



Dr. Jon Carter and Dr. Christina Sornito, field school directors and co-directors of the Appalachian State Ethnography Lab, work with students to produce final projects that draw from readings in ethnographic writing, visual anthropology, ethnographic film, the anthropology of sound, and sensory ethnography.  Students work in collaboration with indigenous and community organizers to produce ethnographic works (final projects) on human and animal worlds, environmental politics, history, resource extraction, cultural identity, gender, tourism, and other themes that emerge from course readings. Working together, students will develop their own research goals and carry out their research with local community members.

Students will visit family homes with indigenous translators and guides, to meet and spend time with local families, and receive an introduction to local traditions and practices in the way of manioc

(cassava/yuca) harvesting, community service projects (mingas), ceramic traditions, environmental conservation, and "shamanism".

Students also hike into the Amazon jungle, where they will learn about local plants used for medicinal purposes and regional biodiversity.




Students have come from Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, Indiana University, York University, Tufts University, Louisiana State University, Bowdoin College, Eckerd College, St.

John's College, University of New Mexico, University of Alabama, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, and many others. Their majors have included anthropology, linguistics, geography, biology, global studies, political science, women's studies, global health, sustainable development, interdisciplinary studies, social work, sociology, and studio art.


Alumni of this program have been accepted to graduate programs (i.e.

the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, University of Chicago, London School of Economics and Political Science, Wake Forest University, Arizona State University, the University of Denver, and the University at Albany-SUNY), while others have used this experience to land internships and work with NGOs after graduation such as The Carter Center for Human Rights, AmeriCorps, Language Development and Perception Laboratory at the University of Maryland, Clinton Global Initiative, Université de Lausanne, Yellowstone National Park, Threads of Peru, Cornell University BABY Lab, North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and Latino Health Program of the High Country



For more information on the program and how to apply, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser (in case hyperlink does not work): https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__anthro.appstate.edu_field-2Dschools_ethnographic-2Dand-2Dlinguistic-2Dfield-2Dschools_summer-2D2017-2Decuador&d=AwIGaQ&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=BijBVFt7inteN1QtyyzsQUH3eEFh0lkHl3-Wq3dtkXo&m=IOeyhqaUVVpe9AnXMufmcIUtzYKPd-8VTfhD9Z89cQU&s=GmXt2-B-MBvSepJkCNuH08b0jDIoPX1EImU0MPeytgs&e=


We encourage anyone who is interested to contact the program co-director, Dr. Jon Carter, for further information, at carterjh@appstate.edu

American Anthropological Association Post-Election Statement/Resolution

The American Anthropological Association reaffirms our fundamental commitments to academic freedom, human rights, a respect for all persons, and advancing our collective understanding of the human condition as a path towards a more just and sustainable world. We were fortunate to be able to come together as an association of scholars, students, and professionals at our Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in the week after this month’s US national elections to reaffirm our shared ideals and chart a way forward. In accordance with our Association’s governance rules, our Executive Board listened carefully to advisory motions presented at the Annual Business Meeting, and responded by approving the first proposed AAA resolution. In addition, this resolution has been endorsed unanimously by all of the living past Association presidents.


A Resolution on Behalf of the American Anthropological Association in the Wake of the 2016 National Elections

Whereas, The 2016 national election campaign season has been characterized by painfully divisive, often threatening rhetoric regarded by many as racist, anti-immigrant, misogynistic speech that has touched every corner of American society and, indeed, the entire world;

Whereas, Organizations advocating racism, gun violence, and misogyny openly endorsed the winning presidential candidate;

Whereas, During the course of the 2016 campaign, numerous threats were made against anti-racist and feminist politicians, academics, journalists, and activists;

Whereas, A spike in hate crimes and harassment has followed the election, with more than 700 reported accounts of hate crimes in the US in the weeks since the election results were announced;

Whereas, The discipline of anthropology is distinctively placed to contribute valuable insights to advance our collective understanding of migration, cultural diversity, and racism;

therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the American Anthropological Association rejects in the strongest terms the climate of hostility that threatens the personal and intellectual diversity of American society;

RESOLVED, That the Association reaffirms its commitment to protecting the pursuit of free inquiry about the human condition with scholarly rigor, offering the greatest possible opportunity for people to take part in and benefit from that inquiry, and engage the many communities that make up the United States and the world in valuing diversity;

RESOLVED, That the Association urges its members to stand in solidarity with students, colleagues, employees, and community-based collaborators who feel they are threatened or under attack, and engage with local civic organizations to effect positive outcomes in their own communities;

RESOLVED, That the Association is dedicated to working collaboratively with other scholarly and professional organizations and institutions of higher learning to honor its commitments, to monitor, intervene, and update its membership on key issues that have a clear impact on anthropology, and to participate as a valued disciplinary stakeholder in shaping policy outcomes rooted in core values of mutual respect, equal rights, freedom of expression and freedom from discrimination.

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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with 10,000 members, is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and addressing the world’s most pressing problems.

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is pleased to call for applications to the 2017 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship and affiliated programs.

Programs now accepting applications include:


The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (for Graduate Students, Predoc Students, Postdoc Researchers, and Senior Researchers)

The Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF)

The Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

The George Burch Fellowship

Please note the deadline for these programs has changed from last year. The new application deadline for most of these programs is now Thursday, December 1, 2016.

For more information, go to http://smithsonianofi.com or call the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070.

470 L'Enfant Plaza SW Suite 7102
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Political Ecology Working Group

Please consider submitting a paper and attending this conference!

The Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG) is an interdisciplinary group of graduate students at the University of Kentucky, who organize and host the annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference. Since its inception in 2010, this student-organized conference has become one of the largest, most highly-regarded international forums for critical discussions at the intersection of ecology, political economy, and science studies. DOPE 2016 welcomed more than 300 scholars, environmental professionals, and activists from over 100 institutions to Lexington. The DOPE Conference has offered a platform for both established and emerging scholars, featuring invited speakers such as Paul Robbins, Rebecca Lave, Erik Swyngedouw, Vandana Shiva, Julie Guthman, Laura Pulido, and Kim Tallbear.


For more information, visit http://www.politicalecology.org

Congratulations to Spring and Summer M.A. Anthropology Graduates

Congratulations to Tyler Short, Amanda Wharfield, and Neha Angal for successfully completing their M.A. degrees. Tyler defended his thesis 'La Minga as a model of food justice?: a thesis on the motivations and practices of immigrant and native-citizen growers at La Minga cooperative farm in Prospect, Ky' and graduated in May 2016. Amanda completed her internship at Catholic Refugee Ministries and presented her internship report and graduated in May 2016. Neha defended her thesis 'Effects of Migration, Carrying Capacity, and Fecundity on the Formation of Clinal Patterns during Range Expansions' and will graduate in August.

Several Anthropology Undergraduate and Graudate Students Present and Attend 2016 AAPAs

Several anthropology students attended and presented at the 2016 American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings in Atlanta. Undergraduate students Cori Dennison and Megan Duncanson presented research conducted under their mentor, Dr. Fabian Crespo. Dr. Crespo presented work completed with graduate student Chris Klaes. Graduate students Roxanne Leiter and Neha Angal presented segments of their thesis research conducted under their mentor, Dr. Christopher Tillquist. Lastly, graduate students Mallory Cox and Austin Warren attended the meetings to network and enjoy their first professional meetings.

"This year at the Annual Association of Physical Anthropologist’s meeting I got the opportunity to present a poster with my preliminary thesis research. I was also able to attend symposiums about current and future directions of anthropological research. The highlight of this year’s meeting was having the opportunity to discuss my thesis research with an anthropological geneticist whose previous work has been pivotal in my research. The annual meetings are particularly valuable when students have the chance to talk one on one with researchers that are or have been involved in their area of specialization. These meetings are a great opportunity to network, make improvements to our research and get good practice in presenting our research clearly and effectively."

-Roxanne Leiter, graduate student


-Cori Dennison, undergraduate student


"Attending and presenting at this year's AAPA's was an awesome experience! It was so cool to have the opportunity to share my work with other students and researchers and to get valuable feedback on a portion of my thesis research. The meetings were also great for networking and staying current on the latest research trends and directions, and for reconnecting with friends from other universities. Presentations on topics such as ancient genomes and micro biomes, adaptive introgressions in the Homo lineage, and innovative studies combining ancient DNA, collaborative work with indigenous communities, and the robusticity of simulations and complex modeling were particularly thought provoking!"

-Neha Angal, graduate student


"This semester I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta for the annual Paleopathology Association conference, as well as the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. These meetings bring together some of the leading experts in a variety of fields related to physical anthropology and provide an invaluable experience for students like myself.  I was able to present a poster of my ongoing project with Dr. Crespo at the PPA meeting, and had the opportunity to receive feedback from a variety of students and professors about our work. While it can be intimidating to talk one on one with big names in the field, it proved to be an excellent learning experience. For the rest of the meetings I was able to enjoy the talks and presentations by leading researchers, and especially enjoyed seeing the work of fellow U of L anthropology students. The conference was very productive this year, and I am excited for what the 2017 meetings have to offer."

-Megan Duncanson, undergraduate student

Graduate Students Brandon Zinsious and Melissa Holst Present at the 2016 SAAs

Participating in this years SAAs allowed me to present my research (in the form of a poster) for the first time to a professional audience. During this presentation I was not only offered invaluable feedback and encouragement on my research endeavors, but I was also able to network with members of the archaeological community that I may not have had the opportunity to approach on my own. Outside of my presentation I was also able to attend numerous types of other presentations, lectures, and expos. All of these various presentation mediums provided new or further insight into various archaeological topics or techniques and provided further networking opportunities. I feel that from this conference I not only learned more about the up and coming research and researchers in the field, but I learned a lot about my own research and feel encouraged now more than ever to continue doing what I do.

-Melissa Holst

LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law Fall 2016 Applications Still Open

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law continues to accept applications for Fall 2016, with a few places remaining in face-to-face and distance tracks, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, their program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit the website and blog for additional information.

They have several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in the face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance their education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:

  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education:
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);

Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Contact us for additional information at LLM@uark.edu or call (479) 575-3706.  

It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.

Two AmeriCorps VISTA positions for Food Literacy Now Available

Applications are due May 4th. Please refer to the flyers below for all details:

AAA Graduate Student Human Rights Paper Award

Call for Papers: Guerrero-Friedlander Human Rights Graduate Student Paper Prize

The American Anthropological Association Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) invites graduate students to apply for the Guerrero-Friedlander Human Rights Graduate Student Paper Prize. Eligible students are enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program until at least May 1, 2016. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to JD, LLM, MS, MA, MPH, MS, or PhD.

Papers should demonstrate an outstanding understanding of and critical engagement with human rights issues from an anthropological perspective, addressing both theory and practice. Topics of research are not geographically restricted and may include, but are not limited to: colonialism, civil rights, displacement and migration, environmental rights, genocide, health disparities, Indigenous rights, land claims, language and justice, nativism, peace and conflict, political economies of human rights, refugees and asylum seekers, social justice, social movements, sovereignty, structural and systemic violence, and warfare. Submissions that follow a participatory action approach or emphasize anthropological action/practice are encouraged.

The CfHR awards a cash prize of $400 which will be presented at the 2016 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting during the Committee for Human Rights Public Forum, and the student will be asked to provide a 15-20 minute presentation on the winning paper at this time. The winner will also be profiled in Anthropology News.

Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and should follow AAA style guidelines: www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.aaanet.org_publications_style-5Fguide.pdf&d=AwIF-g&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=BijBVFt7inteN1QtyyzsQUH3eEFh0lkHl3-Wq3dtkXo&m=FdHWdcSsyqqDd-eO--QfQoJ2Ce2FDMavkl8Sh1rp0TM&s=2UUBtrC3CgBvckTagTdkGrtMXXxkDUShi86IMX2eNuk&e= >. Submissions should be unpublished manuscripts not currently under review elsewhere, forthcoming, or in press. Please submit two pdfs for review to Jaymelee Kim at jaymelee.kim@gmail.com<mailto:jaymelee.kim@gmail.com> by September 1, 2016.One version should be complete: including a cover sheet with the author’s name, contact information, paper title, abstract, and keywords that accompanies the paper; the other version should include the paper’s title, text, and abstract, but no identifying information. Papers will be read in a double-blind process by Committee for Human Rights members.

Christian Brawner, Anthropology Dept Undergraduate Student, Profiled by The Louisville Cardinal

Christian Brawner--Demonstrating the power of activism

Here’s a wonderful profile written by Eiman Zuberi for the Louisville Cardinal of Honors program senior Christian Brawner. He is the only student to win both a 2016-2017 Fulbright (ETA Jordan), and a CLS summer placement (Advanced Arabic, Morocco).

Follow this link to read the article: http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2016/04/demonstrating-the-power-of-activism/

Field Study in Peru Fall 2016

Study abroad in Tarapoto, Peru Fall 2016!

If you are interested in a study abroad experience, hiking in the Amazon region, and Peruvian culture, then the Fall Course Comm 510-01: Field Study in Peru is for you.  Please contact: margaret.dsilva@louisville.edu for details.