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'How Mexican Food Conquered America- Even Kentucky!'- A Presentation by Gustavo Arellano

'How Mexican Food Conquered America- Even Kentucky!'- A Presentation by Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano Presentation Flier

Come out to the Chao Auditorium Monday February 9th for this presentation by Gustavo Arellano. The talk is free and public. Mr. Arellano will detail the history of Mexican cuisine in American history. Mr. Arellano has authored several books and lectured at Fullerton University in California. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Department of Anthropology, LALS, Liberal Studies Project, and the Office of Diversity and International Affairs.Please refer to the flier for any additional details.

Date: February 9th

Time: 5:50-7:30pm

Location: The Chao Auditorium

Dr. Peteet Quoted in Recent Courier-Journal Article on Syrian Refugees

Dr. Peteet was quoted in an article recently published by the Courier-Journal. The article covered the recent arrival of Syrian refugees in Louisville. To read Dr. Peteet's comments and the article itself, follow the link below.

Food Chains Screening at the Floyd Theater

Food Chains Screening at the Floyd Theater

Food Chains Screening Flier

The documentary on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers fighting for better wages and a better life will screen at the Floyd Theater on Tuesday, February 3rd. The film is free, and there will also be free popcorn for attendees. The screening is co-hosted by ELSB Green Initiatives, University of Louisville Libraries, Anthropology, GRASS - Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions, and UofL SAB Film. For more information, please refer to the flier or visit the Facebook page for the event.

Recent Anthropology Graduate, Shelly Biesel, published an Op-ed piece in the Courier-Journal

Recent Anthropology grad Shelly Biesel (MA Sp 14) published an Op Ed essay in the January 22nd Courier Journal. “New Federal budget bill no “win’ for Kentucky.”  Biesel works for the KY Environmental Foundation as a policy consultant.

Dr.. Zhao attends international workshop, "The Routes of Luxury", in Paris, France

Dr. Zhao was one of nine international scholars invited by The Collège d’études mondiales of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in to a workshop entitled “The Routes of Luxury” held in Paris in early January. The main themes of the workshop were the globalization of luxury and the consumption of luxury goods in China. Prof. Zhao presented a paper entitled, “Routes of Luxury: Lessons and Observations from the Chinese Fashion Industry.”

Applications are Now Open for the Conservation Botany and Ethnography Field School, Yucatán, Mexico

**The following program description for the Conservation Botany and Ethnography Field School has been provided by Grace Lloyd Bascopé, PhD., of the Maya Research Program and of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).

The school will take place in Mayan-speaking villages in Yucatán, México and their surrounds areas from July 17th to August 16th. The session will be lead by Dr. Will McClatchy of the Botaincal Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and Dr. Grace Lloyd Bascopé of BRIT and the Maya Research Program (with a combined 40 years of field school experience).  They will be joined by numerous Mexican scholars and local empirically trained expert naturalists.

The school will focus on learning field practices in both botany and ethnography, with a view of preparing the participants for research and teaching in ethnobotany, conservation botany, environmental anthropology, and other related fields.  Graduate, undergraduate, and interested adult learners are welcome.  The students will have home stays, and will have intensive Spanish lessons throughout the session.

If the student wishes to arrange for credit for the session from her/his home institution, a grade will be assigned and a formal written evaluation will be provided.


For more information about the program, email Dr. Bascopé at Additional information may be found through the following links:

Institute of Peruvian Studies Field School Applications Now Open

**The following information has been provided by Enrique López-Hurtado Orjeda, Ph.D., Program Director of the IEP archaeological field school. For additional information, refer to the links provided at the conclusion of this message.

The Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions in social sciences for Latin America, announces the fourth season of its international Field School in archaeological methods Peruvian Central Coast. Fieldwork will take place at the site of Panquilma, a XII-XVI century community located in the hinterland of one of the most important religious centers of the Andean coast: Pachacamac.



Panquilma is a multi- component site where the preservation of public, domestic and funerary architecture remains impressive. Based on the beach town of Punta Hermosa, 30kms south of Lima, this Field School offers personalized training in field methodologies, including the excavation and recording of a variety of archaeological contexts, as well as the cataloguing, preservation and analysis of amazingly well preserved botanical remains, ceramics, textiles, lithics, animal and human bones, among others.




Workshops on bioarchaeology and human osteology will be carried out onsite to complement the training. Also, we will be visiting some of the most important sites in the region as well as museums in Lima.




Students may be able to obtain credit from their department after discussing that option with their department chair. Senior staff would be willing to discuss this with the department and provide feedback on student participation after the field season is completed.




For more information, please refer to the links below for the program website and Facebook page:

Sixth Annual UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase Call for Papers

The call for papers has been announced for the Sixth Annual UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. Abstracts should be between 200-250 words and are due February 15th, 2015, at midnight; follow the link provided after the symposium description to submit an abstract.


The symposium is a collaborative effort between the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC), the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, and the Appalachian Studies program. Students from any discipline with interests in any topic related to Appalachia are encouraged to submit abstracts. Students may be undergraduates or graduate students who are currently enrolled in Kentucky.


The symposium is free for all participants and attendees.

For more information regarding the symposium, please follow the link below:

To submit an abstract, follow this link:

Questions? Contact GARC President Kathryn Engle at

Cultural Heritage Studies in Mexico Summer 2015


May 9th-30th Summer 2015

Yucatan, Mexico

Students interested in anthropology, archaeology, development studies, geography, and related disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Cultural Heritage Studies in Mexico program for Summer 2015. The 21 day program will take place in the Yucatan region in Mexico.


**The following information was provided by the program coordinator at the University of Calgary, Catherine Fisher. Please read this information thoroughly for a brief overview of the program goals and expectations.

The Cultural Heritage Study program includes a interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Maya. Students will commence their study with an eight-day stay at the Villahermosa Research Station in the Calakmul Biospehere. They will participate in research activities such as environmental assessment, wetland monitoring, archaeological survey, and artifact processing. Students, then, will travel around the Yucatan for 13 days. They will visit archaeological sites and ecological zones and explore issues related to the environment and the management of archaeological heritage.  Students will pick two of the four courses that are being  offered in the program.  The total cost including all ground fees, stay at the archaeological site is approximately $3900.  Additional costs include airfare and insurance as well as tuition to the University of Calgary and some food expenses.


The program is hosted by the University of Calgary. The directors for the Cultural Heritage Studies program are Dr.'s Alejandra Alonso and Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor. Students interested in accessing additional information regarding this program or in applying to the program should follow the link below:

Ethnographic Field School in Belize, June Summer 2015 Priority Deadline Approaching

Priority deadline: February 13, 2015

The priority deadline is approaching for the annual field school in Belize in June of Summer 2015. The ethnographic field school is organized and run by the Center for Applied Archaeology and the NKU International Education Center- Office of Education Abroad and Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, both of Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Douglas Hume will serve as the instructor for the program.


**The following course description and information has been provided by Dr. Hume. Please read this information thoroughly for a full description of the activities and expectations of the program. Dr. Hume's email may be found at the end of this description, for those students interested in more specific information.


Location: Orange Walk District, Belize

Dates: Departing Tuesday June 2 2015 and returning Wednesday July 1, 2015 (29 days/ 28 nights)

Price: $4,309 (includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, breakfast, dinner, and excursions) •

Tuition: Waived for NKU students. For CCSA consortium students, check with your campus study abroad office. For non-CCSA consortium students, please contact the CCSA.

Priority Deadline: February 13, 2015 ($100 reduction in the program price by means of a reducing the application fee to $150)

Application Deadline: February 27, 2015 (regular application fee of $250)

Credit: 3 hours (undergraduate or graduate)


Course Description

This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain valuable research skills (e.g., ethnographic interviewing and qualitative data
analysis) to apply anthropology in their future careers (e.g., applied anthropology or other social/behavioral discipline), an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided applied ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, field note writing and coding, ethnographic and life history interviewing, ethnolinguistic data collection, community mapping, rapid assessment procedures, qualitative data analysis, and other ethnographic methods in addition to basic ethnographic writing. After successful completion of this course, students will have:
• developed a basic understanding of Belizean culture, • formulated an understanding of ethical and validity issues in ethnographic research, • practiced skills in research design and ethnographic methods of data collection, • applied basic ethnographic research methods in a non-western culture, • engaged in a community-based research project, and • analyzed ethnographic data resulting in an ethnographic report.

This program will contribute to the education of students by training them in ethnographic methods and by exposing them to a non-western culture. Students are expected to gain skills that may be used in applying anthropology or other socio-behavioral sciences in their future careers, gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. Field experiences such as this project can also improve the likelihood that students will be admitted to graduate school.

This course is being taught as a 300 (upper-undergraduate) and 500 (graduate) level course in anthropology with a maximum of 12 students. Students will earn three credit hours for participation in the ethnographic field school. This course will not fulfill NKU’s general education requirements, but may be applied to NKU’s anthropology major or minor requirements.  Students should check with their own institution for what, if any, requirements this course fulfills.

Each spring, students will be encouraged to present their findings in a scholarly panel at the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky Annual Meeting ( NKU students will be encouraged to present their findings at NKU's spring Celebration of Student Research and Creativity ( Students who wish to learn additional ethnographic analysis methods or prepare a short ethnography for publication may arrange independent studies with the director, Douglas Hume (see


Community-based Research Project

The ethnographic field school, as part of the CfAA, is partnering with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) in Orange Walk Town, Belize.  Among other things, our partner is interested in our contribution in understanding the household economy and agricultural knowledge of sugar cane farmers in the Orange Walk District village communities.  SIRDI will use our results and recommendations to develop and conduct workshops for farmers on agricultural techniques, economics, health, and other community development topics.

Program Excursions

In addition to conducting community-based research, we plan to visit the Altun Ha Maya Runes, Belize Zoo, Banquitas House of Culture, Cuello's Distillery, Lamanai Maya Ruins (via boat on the New River), and the Tower Hill (Sugar Cane) Factory. Locations are subject to change and may be cancelled due to weather or other factors beyond our control.


The price above includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, airport transfers, accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, program excursions, and health insurance. Tuition is waived for NKU students. For CCSA consortium students, check with your campus study abroad office. For non-CCSA consortium students, please contact the CCSA.

A minimum of $200.00 should be budgeted for beverages, lunches, and snacks beyond the daily breakfasts and dinners included in the program price. Additionally, approximately $100.00 should be budgeted for required course materials. Participants should also budget additional funds for personal expenses such as souvenirs, based upon their individual spending habits.

All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs.

Students are required to bring a laptop computer with them that is WiFi capable.

If you have any questions about the field school, email the Director (Douglas Hume,


For students interested in learning more about this field school in Belize or in applying to the program, check out the links below. A sample syllabus, schedule, and packing list are provided, and the final link leads directly to the program application.

Applications are Now Open for the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2015 Program

The program is run by Gustolab Institute, and is an intensive study of Italian food culture, nutrition, how food is discussed and portrayed in the Italian media, and the Italian language. It is open to all students, degree seeking or not, and from every disciplinary background. All students interested in these topics should consider applying.

The Critical Studies on Food in Italy program will take place in Rome, Italy, for the five weeks from May 18th, 2015, to June 20th, 2015. Students should expect intensive study and immersion into food studies and Italian culture. The following courses will be offered during the program. Most of these courses are 3 credit hours, but one 6 credit hour course is also offered.

  • Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
  • Food Media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
  • Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
  • Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits)
  • UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits)
  • Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits)

Students who are interested in accessing additional information regarding the program or in the application process should follow the link below.

Conversation Club Events

Conversation Club Events

Several events are upcoming this month and in February with the English Conversation Club, sponsored by the Louisville Free Public Library. This club provides participants with the opportunity to practice their English skills and to engage with many community members for whom English is second language. In addition to regular conversation club meetings, the details of which are below on the attached flier, several Spanish language events sponsored by the Louisville Free Public Library are upcoming as well.

  • Basic Computing in Spanish, Thursday January 22nd, 6:30p.m., at the Main Library
  • Basic Computing in Spanish, Saturday January 24th, 9:30a.m., at the Bon Air Library
  • Spanish Literary Salon presents Poetry by Jose Marti, Saturday January 31st, 1p.m., at the Iroquois Library
  • Bilingual Story time, Saturday February 7th, at 2p.m. at the Okolona Library
  • Bilingual Cafe, Monday February 2nd and 16th, at 7p.m., also at the Okolona Library

For more details regarding any of these events, visit the Louisville Free Public Library's website, or the Anthropology Department's Facebook page.

Job Opportunity for Soon to be Graduates or New Graduates

Job Opportunity for Soon to be Graduates or New Graduates

Searching for that first post-graduation job can be terrifying. Good news is, there are many great opportunities available for recent or soon-to-be anthropology graduates. Anthropology is one of the most interdisciplinary and diverse fields, and many anthropologists seek post-graduation employment outside of academia instead of, concurrently, or before graduate school. One great area for young anthropologists to hone their ethnographic skills, engage with diverse peoples and interests, and educate others on the applications of a bio-cultural perspective is the local food scene.

FoodCorps is an organization that offers these kinds of opportunities. FoodCorps teaches children in communities with few resources how to plant and grow food and how to make healthy, delicious snacks. Recent or soon-to-be recent anthropology graduates are just the kinds of folks they are looking for. Applications for FoodCorps service memberships are now available, and compensation includes a $17,000 living stipend, health insurance, and student loan forbearance. For more information about this opportunity, refer to the posted flier, or visit the following link:

Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance Scholarship upcoming deadline

Deadline for application is February 15, 2015.

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) is pleased to announce that ‘Ambassador’ Scholarships are again being offered to U.S. college students during the summer of 2015.  The purpose of the program is to provide instruction in Mandarin Chinese and to acquaint students with the rich culture of Taiwan.

The program’s aim is to provide opportunities to those eager to pursue overseas immersion in the Mandarin language and Taiwanese culture. The class is open to all levels of proficiency in Chinese language, and a special section this year will accommodate individuals who are at advanced levels of Mandarin studies.  Accepted students will be enrolled in the Chinese Language Center at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, Taiwan. The university is recognized as one of the two top institutions of higher education in Taiwan. 

Applications should be submitted online at or must be at our office no later than February 15, 2015, for an early admission decision, or by March 31, 2015, for final consideration.  Announcement of scholarship awardees will be made on February 25th for early admission applicants, and by April 10th for all others.  Applicants who are unsuccessful in the early decision round will be re-evaluated in the second application round.

The 2015 TUSA program starts July 1st and ends August 21st.  A stipend of NT $25,000 (~US $800) per month for two months (July & August) will be awarded to each scholarship recipient. The scholarship is budgeted to cover tuition, dormitory fees, all program-related travel and excursions, and accident/outpatient health insurance. The Taiwan Ministry of Education sponsors the program.

Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology Call for Papers

Contribute to CJAS and get published!

The Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology (CJAS)--the official journal of the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky--is now accepting submissions for future publication from students, practitioners, and academicians.

CJAS is an international multidisciplinary journal focusing on innovative research, pedagogy, media reviews, and invited editorials. While Anthropology and Sociology are the primary subject areas for the journal, original submissions from related areas (e.g., criminal justice and social work) are also welcome. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are acceptable, and all submissions will be subject to peer review.

Please feel free to contact the co-editors (Dan Phillips and Demetrius Semien, Co-Editors at with questions about the appropriateness of your manuscript.

Staff Archaeologist Phil DiBlasi explains what has gone so very wrong in Eastern Cemetery

Restoring Eastern Cemetery is a daunting task due to years of neglect and vandalism.

Department of Anthropology Staff Archaeologist Phil DiBlasi was recently interviewed for a piece by WDRB regarding the difficulty In reviving the historic Eastern Cemetery.  "Apparently getting drunk in Kentucky and kicking over headstones is considered a recreational activity," laments DiBlasi.  With the help of DiBlasi and others, Friends of Eastern Cemetery is seeking to restore this Kentucky treasure.

Read or view the whole story on the FOX 41 website.

New online course in anthropology offered Spring 2015: Social Change in a Global Context

This new online course introduces students to academic approaches to social change, with a special focus on social movements and social change in the context of globalization. By using specific case studies from India, the United States, and the Middle East, students will gain knowledge of social science approaches  to studying social change, understand social movements around the world in a comparative context, and become familiar with the dynamics of social change in other societies around the world.

The course is part of the core curriculum for the interdisciplinary minor in Social Change at the University of Louisville and cross-listed in Anthropology. The instructor will be Dr. Amy Mortensen who holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and who lives in Lima, Peru.

Where Did All The Professors Go Last Week?

Did you happen to notice all the closed doors in the Anthropology Department and a conspicuous absence of coffee aromas recently? Such perceptive observation is indicative of well-honed ethnographic skills. The annual American Anthropological Association meetings took place last week in Washington D.C. Approximately 5,000 anthropologists from the four subfields attend annually, and among their members this year were Drs. Burnet, Jones, Markowitz, Parkhurst, and Peteet. Curious about what folks are up to at the meetings? Check out what your professors were up to at this year’s meetings:

Dr. Burnet presented a paper, "Producing Reconciliation in Space and Time: Individual Narratives and Collective Memory in Post-Genocide Rwanda," on the panel, Transitional Justice in Space and Time: Producing Justice in Post-Conflict Societies.

Dr. Jones attended the annual meetings to vote, and to network and socialize with colleagues.

Dr. Markowitz served as Discussant for an Invited Session, “Theorizing Local Food: from Envisioning New Realities to Moral Economy.”  She was also installed as the President of the AAA section, Culture & Agriculture.

Dr. Parkhurst attended the meetings as the incoming Secretary of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association. Part of learning the ropes of the job is networking with anthropologists able to help develop the SAE in various ways.

Dr. Peteetwas a participant on a roundtable on “Anthropologists of Palestine-Israel and the Academic Boycott of Israel” at the AAA meeting in Washington D.C.

Ali Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2017 Cohort

All full-time sophomores and juniors interested in public service and social justice are encouraged to apply to become an Ali Scholar.

The Ali Scholar program is a unique 2-year scholarship program combining leadership training, research, and service in the areas of violence prevention, peacemaking, and social justice. This is a 2-year commitment and requires that you have 2 years left at U of L, so only full time freshman and sophomores can apply. If you have a desire for change, want to travel overseas, and are looking to learn more about social justice locally, nationally, and internationally the Ali Scholars program is the place for you.

Applications can be found at and in our office, Ekstrom Library Room 280.

Deadline to apply January 30th, 2015 and we will be having an open house about the program with the current Ali Scholar cohort on January 15, 2015 from 5-7pm.

For more information contact Mikal Forbush at (502) 852-1493 or

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016

Gain valuable experience and help address issues of poverty and hunger while living in Washington D.C.

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is excited to offer a unique opportunity to be actively involved in the movement to end hunger and poverty. CHC is a bi-partisan organization committed to making access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food a national priority. Every year, we look for promising young leaders who care about addressing the problems of hunger and poverty in communities across the nation. Our national initiative, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, trains, inspires and sustains a tight-knit community of emerging leaders committed to social justice. The program provides Fellows with an opportunity to gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty, work with community-based and national leaders, deepen their analysis around poverty and develop leadership skills.  Each year, 16- 20 Emerson National Hunger Fellows help shape and implement local social justice programs all over the U.S. and then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, DC.

Participants are selected for this eleven-month program based on the criteria below.  Fellows are placed for five months with urban and rural community organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grassroots organizing groups, food banks, advocacy organizations, economic development agencies, and local government offices.  They then move to Washington, D.C. to complete the year with five months of work at advocacy and public policy organizations involved in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work at the national level.  This unique program allows Fellows to bridge community grassroots efforts and national public policy. Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, personal and experiential backgrounds.


living allowance of $16,000, health insurance, travel expenses, housing in the field, a $4,000 housing stipend in D.C., a $3,500 end of service award, relocation subsidies, professional development training opportunities, membership in a learning community of fellow Fellows, connection to an extensive network of alumni, partners, and experts, experience with community and policy leaderstraining, mentoring, and leadership development, and experience with project management are included.


The application deadline for the 2015– 2016 program is January 6, 2015.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and skills
  • Commitment to anti-racism
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Flexibility andability to adjust to new situations
  • Creativity and initiativein problem solving
  • Willingness to learn from experts in the field, and commitment to the search for new models in anti-hunger and anti-poverty work
  • Enthusiasm for peer learning in a tight-knit community of Fellows


Semifinalist selection will be complete by mid-February; interviews will be scheduled in Washington, D.C. in March; and final selection decisions will be made in April.  Hunger Fellows arrive in D.C. for Orientation and Field Training in late August 2015.

For more information about the Program and for details on the application process, please visit our website:, or view the program pdf.

If you have questions, please email or call (202) 547-7022 ext. 29