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Study Abroad in the Yucatan, Mexico, 2015-2016 winter break

Study Abroad in the Yucatan, Mexico, 2015-2016 winter break

Dr. Christopher Fulton, Department of Fine Arts, Dr. Gabriela Stocks, formerly with UofL’s Anthropology Department, and Dr. Eric Roorda, a political scientists and historian at Bellarmine University, will lead a KIIS study abroad program in the Yucatan, Mexico over this coming winter break. The program runs December 26-January 6, and all students take the same team-taught course ‘Maya Mexico, past and present’, for
which they can earn credits in Anthropology, History, Art History or Honors.

The program is restricted to Honors students or students with a GPA of 3.2 or above. The knowledge and experience of three faculty will be pooled to give a diversified portrait of the Maya people, their environment, and their glorious civilization. Students will visit four major archeological sites, several Maya villages and towns, and the colonial cities of Campeche and Mérida. As with all KIIS programs, the academic credits are automatically transferred to UofL, however each department determines which specific courses or departmental requirements the credits apply to.  

Program flyer and itinerary are attached. For more information, visit the KIIS website. Questions? Contact Dr. Fulton.

Congratulations to Dr. David Johnson, department alum, on earning his doctorate

Congratulations to Dr. David Johnson, department alum, on earning his doctorate

Congratulations to our illustrious alum, Dr. David Johnson (Anthropology, NS 2005). Earlier this month, Dr. Johnson defended his dissertation in Public Health Sciences “NETWORK PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH: THE DEVELOPMENT OF INSTRUMENTS AND ADAPTED THEORY TO PREDICT STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION IN A PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK.”

After leaving Lutz Hall, Dr. Johnson earned an MPH from UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences in 2010. He worked as an HIV/STI Prevention Specialist in the community for Volunteers of America from 2008-2010. He was offered a GRA with the Department of Health Management and System Sciences starting in 2011, and has made himself indispensable to UofL’s new Public Health Undergraduate Program, where he is now a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Regarding Anthropology? He says “I have appreciated the unique perspective being an anthropology major has provided. It's made me a much stronger public health professional and continues to be my frame of reference with which I view the world.”

"Prosecuting Race": A Talk by Professor Brady Heiner, September 14th

"Prosecuting Race": A Talk by Professor Brady Heiner,  September 14th


Dr. Brady Heiner will speak at UofL in the Chao Auditorium Monday, September 14th. For all event details, refer to the flier.


For Part-time Students and Recent Grads Interested in Farming


Ashbourne Farm in nearby La Grange, KY is looking for apprentices in Organic Gardening. If you are interested in gardening and possibly thinking about it as a career, we are ready to train students in market gardening.

About the Apprenticeship:
20-30 hours a week (flexible days and hours)
All the free Veggies you can handle
Wholesale pricing on our grassfed beef, pastured pork, and organic eggs.

Training includes:
Harvest techniques
How to operate a CSA
How to grow for a Farmers Market
Planting & Cultivating
Greenhouse Management
Opportunities to work with cows and chicken and Tractors

If Interested please contact:
Joseph Monroe at 812.701.2807 or r.joseph.monroe@gmail.com

Check our website at ashbournefarms.com and our Instagram #ashbournefarms

Paid 2015-2016 UofL Sustainability Internships Now Available

Do you have a passion for advancing environmental, social & economic stewardship on campus? UofL’s Sustainability Council will again offer paid internships in 2015-16. Interns work up to 10 hours/week on projects developed with Council supervision. Positions include:

1. Sustainability Communication
2. Zero Waste
3. Bike Mechanic
4. UofL Community Composting.

Internships are open to any qualified UofL student (undergrad or grad, full- or part-time). Application deadline: Sept. 1st. Full details on the positions and application instructions available at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/internships.html

Interested students should contact Dr. Zhao to discuss the possibility of earning internship credits in anthropology.


Appointments for Fulbright and Other Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

All undergraduate and graduate students in the Anthropology Department who are considering applying for the Fulbright or other similar scholarships are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peteet.

Access to Healthy Food Is Key

Dr. Markowitz's opinion piece about access to healthy foods was recently published in the Courier Journal.  Read it here.


UofL archaeologist Philip DiBlasi in the 1990s consulted in the criminal investigation of Eastern Cemetery, in which 130,000 remains were buried in a space made for 30,000, and some 200 urns filled with ashes still line the shelves of his office, awaiting return to families. The work has resulted in student research on such topics as diseases rampant in the 19th century, infant mortality and local black undertakers. Watch this video for more.

Great Volunteer Opportunity at Bardstown Road Farmers Market

Starting in June, the Bardstown Road Farmers Market is accepting credit, debit, and SNAP cards. How it works is, stop at the market table to swipe your card, collect farmers market tokens, and start shopping.

These new changes will make it easier for customers to buy fresh and local, while also expanding revenues for producers. The work is made possible by a grant from the USDA to help farmers markets in Louisville accept SNAP, debit, and credit cards.


We need volunteers!


If you

- are friendly and responsible

- like food and hanging out with farmers

- can spend 2-3 hours one Saturday per month having fun at the best place in the world...

Contact the market manager, Beth Nolte 502-634-2868, to find out more.

Bardstown Road Farmers Market, open every Saturday 8am - noon, 1722, Bardstown Road, in the parking lot of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church.

See you at the market!

Mr. DiBlasi Quoted in USA Today

Anthropology Department staff archaeologist Mr. DiBlasi was recently quoted in an article in USA Today. To read the story, follow this link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/05/21/double-sold-burial-plot/27706885/.

UofL Anthropology participates at Boy Scouts’ College for a Day

Thirteen Scouts earn the archaeology merit badge.
UofL Anthropology participates at Boy Scouts’ College for a Day

David Hoefer, Adjunct Lecturer – Anthropology, used sample artifacts and exercises to teach participants archaeological basics.

On Saturday, May 16, the University of Louisville and the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) co-hosted College for a Day, a Belknap Campus event for introducing Scouts, as well as high school students from the local community, to life at the university. And, for the second year running, UofL Anthropology was represented among the academic departments providing instructors for all-day merit-badge courses.


Adjunct lecturer, David Hoefer, led a class of 15, including 13 Boy Scouts and two local students, through the BSA archaeology merit-badge course. “Everyone did a great job,” says Hoefer. “Each of the Scouts earned a merit badge.” Assisting Hoefer was David Summerfield, former Scout Master of a local BSA troop. Hoefer taught the class with unprovenienced artifacts provided by Phil DiBlasi, Staff Archaeologist at UofL’s Archaeology Laboratory.

Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper Prize

The Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for the 2015 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250, respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the editors of our section’s journal, CAFÉ (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication. Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of Anthropology, and present data from original research related to livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American Anthropologist format style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. Students graduating in the Spring of 2015 are eligible. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2015. Submissions should be sent to: nckawa@gmail.com


Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition

Sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Deadline(s): 07/01/2015
Established Date: 11/13/2003
Follow-Up Date: 06/01/2016
Review Date: 05/12/2015

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A., Ph.D. and J.D.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism and post-colonial public spheres; cosmopolitanism; cultural politics; disability; environment; globalization; governance; humanitarianism; medicine, science, and technology; multiculturalism; nationalism; NGOs and civil society; new media; immigration and refugees; resistance; religious institutions; sovereignty; war and conflict. APLA encourages submissions that expand the purview of political and legal anthropology and challenge us to think anthropologically in new ways about power, politics and law. Papers should not exceed 8,000 words (including notes and references) and should follow the style guidelines of PoLAR, which are detailed in the American Anthropological Association Style Guide. Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program through at least May 1, 2015.

APLA awards a cash prize of $350.00, plus travel expenses of up to $650.00 if the prize winner attends the 2015 annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Denver, CO) to receive the prize in person. The prize winner will be announced in Anthropology News, and the winning paper will be published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

For additional information, contact Sarah Hautzinger at SHautzinger@ColoradoCollege.edu or visit the following website or url: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__politicalandlegalanthro.org_2015_04_03_apla-2Dannounces-2D2015-2Dgraduate-2Dstudent-2Dpaper-2Dprize_&d=AwIBAg&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=aIfViujhwUggg4MYh5-6JaA6bHnV6VBTw9DcOmHhn60&m=w6Z2U6Nll9e2UqXgHibt46XRXTpLrlOWzYVhyJQKQgg&s=ybgUE0Z56glWNX3-9B9HKO_g8XbT2ShtgQ2QBB-f6D4&e= or https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__politicalandlegalanthro.org_awards_studentprize_&d=AwIBAg&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=aIfViujhwUggg4MYh5-6JaA6bHnV6VBTw9DcOmHhn60&m=w6Z2U6Nll9e2UqXgHibt46XRXTpLrlOWzYVhyJQKQgg&s=z089DIFoWUwvMR7NUzmxg5Qr5nuEELrElb1gbu8gQH4&e=

Dr. Alan Smart Gives Talk on Economic Relations Between China and Hong Kong at UofL

Dr. Alan Smart Gives Talk on Economic Relations Between China and Hong Kong at UofL


Dr. Alan Smart, professor of anthropology at the University of Calgary, recently visited the University of Louisville with his wife, Dr. Josephine Smart, also a professor of anthropology at Calgary, to speak about his current research regarding economic relations between China and Hong Kong. Both Dr. Smart and Dr. Smart have been researching in China and Hong Kong since the 1980s and are established scholars in political-economic and urban anthropology. Specifically, Dr. Alan Smart’s current research involves using archival data of Hong Kong government documents to revisit questions raised in his earlier work in the 1980s on the anthropology of the informal economy and squatters in Hong Kong. Additionally, his current research considers ways in which capital has been ‘locked up’ in informal sectors and is now becoming more liquid as those sectors are increasingly regulated and formalized, though these grey zones are advantageous to the government for economic reasons.

For his lecture, Dr. Alan Smart addressed the ways in which China has developed a patron-client relationship with Hong Kong, which is a reversal from the 1980s and 1990s when Hong Kong was playing the role of mentor and investor to mainland China. Themes and theory critical to this discussion included dependency theory, Mauss’s theory of gift giving, patron-client relationships, and the role of migrants. The lecture was very well attended and received by students and faculty.

While in Kentucky, Dr. Smart and Dr. Smart attended a conference at the University of Kentucky. Before speaking at UofL, Dr. Smart and Dr. Smart enjoyed a light lunch with UofL Anthropology Department faculty and students and exchanged ideas about teaching and research. The visit of Dr. Alan Smart was sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Center for Asian Democracy at U of L.

Undergraduate Student Sara Deurell Presents at UofL Undergraduate Research Conference

Anthropology undergraduate student (and soon to be alum) Sara Deurell presented her undergraduate research at the most recent UofL Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference provided Sara with a unique opportunity to receive feedback on her work by peers and other students and faculty at UofL, to see how her work contributed to a wider body of knowledge, and to become more familiar with the research done by peers and faculty campus wide. Additionally, she enjoyed networking and mingling with students and faculty.

Undergraduate Student Kristen Conners Presents at SFAAs






A few weeks ago, anthropology undergraduate (and soon to be alum) attended the SFAA meetings in Pittsburg, where she presented her undergraduate research. Kristen enjoyed mingling and networking with colleagues, as well as becoming more familiar with the great diversity of research conducted by applied anthropologists. Kristen plans to pursue course work in nursing and midwifery upon graduation, and to eventually work as a medical anthropologist.

UofL Anthropology Day A Great Success

The festivities in honor of National Anthropology Day were enormously successful! There were great turnouts from faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate students. The food provided by Havana Rumba was well enjoyed, door prizes were won by several faculty, staff, and students, and all had the opportunity to view research posters produced by Anthropology students and faculty.

Undergraduate Student Jacob White Presents at UofL Undergraduate Research Conference

I presented a poster at the University wide Undergraduate Research Symposium. I spoke with other students about my research and theirs. People from other departments that it was interesting that Anthropology can cover such a wide range of disciplines. I thought it was interesting that so many people from different academic fields were receptive to my research.

Graduate Student Chris Klaes Presents at the AAPAs







This March, I and several fellow students from the department attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in St. Louis, Missouri. My research with Dr. Fabian Crespo was selected for a podium presentation, where I gave a short talk introducing and sharing some of the work being done by our department.  These meetings provide a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas between many disciplines within biological anthropology.  The work we presented represents a way to unite the disciplines of experimental immunology with bioarchaeology.  More specifically, we are trying to understand how infectious diseases may have influenced subsequent pathologies that are detectable using skeletal markers. Our research was well-received by several esteemed colleagues within the field who have kindly offered their advice and support as our project moves forward.  This experience significantly impacted my development as a graduate student and I could not be more humbled by the opportunity afforded to me by our department to represent a small part of the fantastic work being done here in the Department of Anthropology at UofL.

Dr. Burnet will Speak Today, April 17th, at the University of Kentucky

Dr. Burnet will Speak Today, April 17th, at the University of Kentucky

Professor Jennie Burnet is traveling into enemy territory today to give a lecture at the University of Kentucky. As part of UK’s Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, Dr. Burnet will speak on “Women & Peacebuilding: Lessons from Post-Genocide Rwanda” on Friday, April 17 at 4:30 PM in Lafferty Hall, Room 213. For additional details, please refer to the event flier.