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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.


Dr. Beyin Writes Featured Piece on Migration for College of Arts & Sciences

Follow this link to read Dr. Beyin's featured short essay on migration.

New Interdisciplinary Graduate Course

A new interdisciplinary graduate course is being offered in Fall 2016 titled 'Theories of Repulsion and Disgust' (flyer attached).

Students will be reading theory from the disciplines of anthropology (Mary Douglas), philosophy (Aurel Kolnai), psychology (Freud), women's and gender studies and literary theory (Julia Kristeva), art and aesthetics (Carol Korsmeyer) and looking at the practical application of such theories in scholarship representing different disciplines:  art history, history, religious studies, anthropology, literature and cultural studies. Students will be able to concentrate on different kinds of projects and papers that will correlate with their major research disciplines and/or personal intellectual interests.

The class will be taught by Dr. Natalie Polzer, Humanities.

How Hiring an Anthropologist Will Make Your Firm More Competitive

The American Anthropological Association presentation on anthropology in the business world. Click here to view the presentation and transcripts

Graduate Student Advocacy for Higher Education Days

1. GSC-MAGS Graduate Student Advocacy Days for Higher Education in Frankfort, March 9, 22, & 24, 2016:

Sign Up Link: http://louisville.edu/graduate/gsc/forms/gsc-advocacy-days-for-higher-education-frankfort-ky-sign-up-form

Event Details:

Wednesday March 9, 2016, leave 8:00 AM & return 2:00 PM (lunch included)

1.House Committee on Judiciary, 12:00 PM, rm 171
2. Meet with Legislators who sit on Education and Judiciary Committees (prioritizing chairs/vice-chairs)

Tuesday March 22, 2016, leave 6:30 AM & return 1:00 PM (coffee/pastries & lunch included)

1. House Committee on Education, 8:00 AM, rm 154
2. Meet with Legislators who sit on Education and Judiciary Committees (prioritizing chairs/vice-chairs)

Thursday March 24, 2016, leave 8:00 AM & return 2:00 PM

1. Senate Committee on Judiciary 10:00 AM, rm 154
2. Senate Committee on Education 11:30 AM, rm 171
2. Meet with Legislators who sit on Education and Judiciary Committees (prioritizing chairs/vice-chairs)

Purpose of Event

To advocate for more government spending towards higher education and reduced spending towards correctional facilities.
Transportation and Lunch provided. Coffee/Pastries provided as well on early day. Check out the application for leave and return times.

Event Rationale

In the past decade there seems to be a direct relationship between increased funding of correctional facilities and criminal justice in the KY state budget and the decreased funding of higher education in the KY state budget. This is seen primarily in the state’s general fund budget. Correctional Spending in KY increased from $196M in 1986 to $558M in 2013 for an increase of $362M (Mitchell and Leachman, 2014). Meanwhile between 2008 and 2013, Higher Education spending decreased by $267M.

Michael Mitchell and Michael Leachman argue, as do many other scholars, that there is a direct relationship between de-funding higher education and increased crime. This lack of funding also results in a stronger school-to-prison pipeline, compounded with intersectional oppression in the form of racism, classism, sexism, ableism, adultism, heterosexism, and transgender oppression.

The Graduate Student Council, in its charge to promote advocacy for educational justice as a responsibility of a graduate degree (i.e. rights, privileges, and responsibilities), is committed to promoting a refunding of higher education and proposing the de-funding of correctional facilities and criminal justice in order to pay for this increased funding in higher education

A&S Research & Creative Activities Grant for Graduate Students

A&S announces funding opportunities to promote research and creative activities of Graduate Students with the purpose of increasing the extramural research funding, the number of scholarly publications, refereed exhibits, and artistic performances of the college. Any doctoral or Master’s student in good standing in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible. Deadline for submissions is 4 pm on Mar. 25. Guidelines and proposal template.

Email: asgrad@louisville.edu

Human Osteology Research Laboratory Programs in Transylvania (Romania) - Intensive Adult, Juvenile and Pathology Workshops

Summer 2016

These osteology and bioarchaeology programs are designed to offer intensive, practical, hands on experience with human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. They provide a very effective transition between the controlled teaching environment of an osteology academic lab and real "life" burial assemblages. As such, these programs offer an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine.

Keep in mind that the origin of the assemblages, Transylvania (Romania), is situated on the main historical communication and technological axes in and out of Europe as well as near massive deposits of salt, copper, tin, iron, gold and coal. As a result, it was a very dynamic zone of culture synthesis, generating a plethora of interacting and transitional cultural, social, economic and even natural environments. The programs invite students and volunteers to explore and research the human physiological aspects of the genesis of European culture during the Middle Ages as it developed on its most important historical frontier.


1. Intensive Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – Lost Churches Project
2. Adult Osteology Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier
3. Bioarchaeology of Children - Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop: Victims of Change
4. Pathology Osteology Research Workshop - Crisis and Health in Medieval Transylvania

Description: As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler  in 1476; Holy Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the European defeat at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 opened the way for the Ottoman expansion into Europe, all the way to the gates of Vienna. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. The aim of the osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically the local Transylvanian populations . For that purpose, we will analyze the the relatively very well preserved human remains from ca. 300 adults and 150 children (ranging from prenatal to preadult) from four different cemeteries from central Transylvania (Romania), dating from the 16-17th centuries. Students will be taught how to identify fragmented bones, determine age, sex, stature, identify pathologies, trauma and take standard measurements. Depending on the project, articipants will be trained to various degrees in identifying the osteological markers for: bony remodeling and reactions; infectious diseases: tuberculosis, leprosy, Treponema and other bacterial infections; mycotic, viral, parasitic infections; metabolic disorders; congenital disorders/skeletal dysplasia; and normal age related changes. At the same time, they will be introduced to various osteological conservation methods and problems aiming at properly evaluate bone quality for DNA and isotope analysis as well as the potential (and limits) of analytical methods to answer real research questions.

Intensive Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations - Lost Churches Project

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: May 22 - June 11, 2016
More information: http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!intensive-osteology-research-workshop/j32uv
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua (Department of Anthropology, Western Carolina University)
Requirements: experience with basic human anatomy and morphology preferred but not required
Remarks: Intensive 3-week osteology workshop, focusing on the human remains of our on-going excavation. This program is the essential lab component for anyone considering field work.

Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the European Frontier
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: June 5 – July 2, 2016
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!osteology/cslj
Contact e-mail:archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Requirements: experience with basic human anatomy and morphology preferred but not required
Remarks: Intensive, in-depth analysis of well preserved adult human remains from all the medieval cemeteries involved our "Lost Churches Project". This research laboratory is designed specifically for people contemplating a career in forensics or physical anthropology.

Bioarchaeology of Children: Victims of Change – Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 3 – July 30, 2016
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!juvenile-osteology-research-workshop/cpqs
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Forensic Anthropology Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Requirements: the Adult Osteology Workshop (or equivalent) is recommended but not required
Remarks: Intensive, in-depth analysis of well preserved juvenile human remains, ranging from prenatal to sub-adult, from all the medieval cemeteries involved our "Lost Churches Project". This unique research laboratory is designed specifically for people contemplating a career in forensics or physical anthropology.

Pathology Osteology Research Workshop
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates: July 3 – July 23, 2016
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!pathology-osteology-research-workshop/yx4lj
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Directors: Dr. Anna Osterholtz (Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Requirements: the Adult Osteology Workshop (or equivalent) is recommended but not required
Remarks: Intensive survey of the pathologies present among the human remains retrieved from the medieval cemeteries involved our "Lost Churches Project" and the on-going excavations. This is designed specifically as an introduction for people contemplating both (or either) a career in forensics or physical anthropology and field bioarchaeology.

These projects are intensive hands-on laboratory research programs and, as such, are open to both credit student and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, see attached brochures or visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org.

Fort St. Joseph Field Site Summer 2016

Scholars from Western Michigan University will be hosting the 41st field season at the Fort St. Joeseph field site in Niles, Michigan. Interested students should refer to the attached flyer for details.

Hell Gap Field School Summer 2016

The University of Wyoming Advanced Archaeological Field School will take place at the Hell Gap site in the summer of 2016. The year marks the 50 anniversary since the end of the first period of excavation at the site in 1966. This program is designed for upper level undergraduate as well as graduate students.  Further information is on the attached flyer as well as on the associated web site (http://www.uwyo.edu/anthropology/fieldschool/advancedfieldschool.html).

Summer 2016 Archaeology Field School Transylvania

Archaeotek is offering graduate and undergraduate students the following summer field opportunities in field archaeology and bioarchaeology in Transylvania (Romania) – see attached fliers or visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org for more information.

This research looks at processes of crisis management - in terms of persistence, adaptation, creolisation, identity, spirituality, and funerary rites and rituals -  in liminal space-time environments, such as the European frontier, in this case, Transylvania (Romania). PI's are currently interested in two major continuity breaks in the region: the first one triggered by the collapse of the Dacian Kingdoms after their final defeat in 106AD to Trajan’s legions and subsequent colonization; and the second one following the defeat of the European armies at the Battle on Mohacs in 1526 and subsequent Ottoman invasion. This research also focuses on questions of transition and persistence in liminal contexts, creolization, identity and status negotiation/representation in unstable and dynamic environments, socio-cultural and spiritual adaptation as it pertains to mortality, health and salvation in times of crisis.

All projects are intensive hands-on programs, designed for skill acquisition in the context of field and laboratory research:

BIOARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (associated 3 and 4 week intensive human osteology labs below are separate):
Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation – Lost Churches Project (June 12 – July 2 and July 3 – July 23, 2016)
Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations
– The Remaking of the European Frontier (June 5 – July 2, 2016)
Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop
– Bioarchaeology of Children: Victims of Change (July 3 – July 30, 2016)
Intensive Osteology Research Workshop
-  Field Oriented: "Crisis" Population of the Lost Churches Project (May 22 - June 11, 2016)
Pathology Osteology Research Workshop
(July 3 – July 23, 2016)
Roman Settlement Excavation
– Life by the Imperial Roads (May 29 – July 2, 2016)
Roman Villa Excavation
– Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
Roman Military Excavation
– A Soldier’s Life on the Frontier (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
Roman Imperial Urban Excavation
– Sarmizegetusa, First Roman City North of the Danube (July 3 – August 6, 2016)
Applied Field Geophysics Workshop
– Intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey and Analysis (May 29 – July 1, 2016; intensive 5 day sessions)
Field Museology, Ethnoarchaeology and Traditional Crafts Workshop
(June 5 – July 2, 2016)

For more information, see attached brochures, or visit the archaeotek website: www.archaeotek-archaeology.org, or contact archaeotek at archaeology@archaeotek.org . All projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs, complemented by evening lectures, and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For thousands of pictures and perspectives from past participants, visit the archaeotek Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

All projects are open to both credit students (both undergraduate and graduate) and non-credit participants (both student and non-student).

How to Create an Effective Poster and PowerPoint: A Presentation by Morag Kersel

How to Create an Effective Poster and PowerPoint
Presentation by Morag Kersel
Feb 26; 12-1pm
Lutz 232, Anthropology Dept.
Open to all anthropology majors and graduate students 
Lunch provided, RSVP required.

Lambda Alpha Membership Applications Due Feb. 20th

Lambda Alpha (the Anthropology Honor Society) at the University of Louisville is currently accepting new members. To be eligible, students must have:
● completed at least 12 credit hours in anthropology,
● have an anthropology GPA of 3.0 or above, and
● have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

To join this semester, you must submit your membership card and application fee no later than Monday, February 22, 2016, 4:00 pm.
If you meet the membership requirements and would like to join, please see Paula Huffman, Lutz Hall 230.

2016 Summer Field School in Archaeology

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer Field School in Archaeology in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The Sand Hills of Nebraska, unlike the well-studied Hell Gap, is terra incognita. In the Sand Hills, researchers anticipate seeing the full range of occupation, from Paleoindian to historic materials. Students will participate in the beginning phase of a multi-year project. P.I.'s are partnering with the Nebraska State Historical Society and working closely with citizen scholars of the Sand Hills.

For more information, visit the project webpage.