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United Nations Association 2015 Essay Contest Submissions Due April 8th, 2015

The United Nations Association of the USA Louisville Chapter is holding an essay contest. Essays must be between 750-1,500 words, on the topic of "Promoting a Better World: The Post-2015 UN Agenda". As the United Nations’ 8 Millennium Development Goals are coming to a close in 2015, essays should respond to the question "What should be the focus for the next 15 years?". There are prizes for top essays. For submission rules and all other pertinent details, refer to the attached file.

Anthropology Day Celebrations Tuesday April 7th

The Department is hosting Anthropology Day on Tuesday, April 7th.  There will have goodies, door prizes, and food.  We also want to showcase your hard work.  If you have an anthropology research poster, we would love to display it.  Your work could’ve come from a class, an independent study, a conference, or a thesis.  Posters are due to Sheila Day (Lutz room 205) by 4p.m. on Friday, April 3rd.

New Summer Research Courses Through the University of Florida

The University of Florida is offering online courses on research methods in cultural anthropology this summer. These courses may be taken for university credit or as continuing education and are open to anyone interested in advancing their skills in research methods. Courses combine online lectures and exercises with interactive sessions, and are limited to 20 participants. Tuition for these courses is $1200 each. Additional information, including applications and syllabi, can be found through this link.

The five courses are offered this summer are listed below:

May 11th-June 19th

Text Analysis

Network Analysis

Methods of Behavioral Observation

Geospatial Analysis.


June 27th-August 7th

Video Analysis.


Questions may be directed to:

H. Russell Bernard

Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus

University of Florida



Biology Seminar Thursday March 26th on Plant Metabolic Diversity

The event will take place in room 139 of the SRB at 3:30 pm. Dr. David R. Gang from Washington State University will be speaking:

David R. Gang
Associate Professor and Fellow, Institute of Biological Chemistry
Director, Tissue Imaging and Proteomics Laboratory and
Laboratory of Cellular Metabolism and Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164

Humans have used plants for millennia not only for food, fuel and shelter, but also as sources of important medicines. A large fraction of our modern medicines are either derived directly from plants or are based on plant compounds. What is not widely recognized is how important plant metabolic diversity is to human medicine. Of the 350,000+ plant species that exist on this planet, only a small handful have been investigated for their chemical constituents and medicinal activities. Most plant-derived medicinal compounds are produced by plant metabolic pathways that produce chemicals with well-known histories of both use and abuse by humans including the alkaloids, terpenoids, polyketides and phenolics. What is known about how diversification within these metabolic pathways and networks has led to production of the wide range of bioactivities that humans find so important for their health will be discussed, as will the past and future impact of medicinal plant harvest and research.


Study in Peru Summer 2016

Study in Peru Summer 2016

Summer 2016, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and Dr. Kelli Carmean will be conducting field schools in Peru. The flier attached has specific details for an archaeological field school, but additional field schools are also offered:

Human Population Biology: Adaptations to High Altitude (taught by Dr. Suzanne Strait, Marshall University)

Zooarchaeology (taught by Dr. Suzanne Strait, Marshall University)

Introduction to Latin American Studies (Lower and Upper Division options; taught by Mr. Ryan Kelly, BCTCS)

Talk by Dr. Crespo Rescheduled to this Friday, March 13th at 2pm

Talk by Dr. Crespo Rescheduled to this Friday, March 13th at 2pm

Due to weather, the university was closed from Wednesday evening through Friday. Due to the closures, Dr. Crespo's workshop talk, 'Who Died During Plague? An Invitation to a New Dialogue between Historians and Immunologists', was rescheduled. The event will now take place this Friday from 2-3:30pm, in room W104 in Ekstrom Library. For additional details, please refer to the event flier.

Summer 2015 Karst Field Studies Program


Western Kentucky University Department of Geography and Geology and in cooperation with the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning are pleased to announce the launch of the Summer 2015 Karst Field Studies Program. Courses this summer will include:

  • Cave Archaeology, June 1-6, Dr. George Crothers
  • Karst Hydrogeology of the Ozarks, May 31-June 7, Dr. Robert Lerch and Ben Miller, MsC
  • Research Methods for Cave and Karst Science June 17-21, Dr. Jason Polk

Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken just for fun as non-credit workshops. Registration officially ends May 8, but be sure sign up early for discounted registration.

For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructors, please visit

If you have any questions please contact the Karst Field Studies Director, Dr. Leslie North, at
"Like" us on Facebook at Karst Field Studies (WKU/Mammoth Cave).



Hunger Banquet at the Red Barn tomorrow, March 9 at 6:00pm

Hunger is not about too many people and too little food: it is about power. Its roots lie in global inequalities and access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed every man, woman, and child on earth; nevertheless, hunger affects everyone, in countries rich and poor, in urban and rural areas.

On March 9th at 6 p.m. the Hunger Banquet commences. Attendees will be separated into the groups representative of the world's three levels of development. Free food will be served as we raise awareness for a hungry world.

Use #UofLFeedtheHungry to spread the word.

Workshop Talk by Dr. Crespo to Take Place Friday, March 6th

Workshop Talk by Dr. Crespo to Take Place Friday, March 6th

Dr. Crespo's Talk Flier

This Friday, March 6th, Dr. Crespo will be giving a workshop talk titled "Who Died during Medieval Plague? An Invitation to a New Dialogue between Historians and Immunologists". The talk will take place in the Library, room W104. For additional details, refer to the event flier.

SCHG Panel on Equitable Louisville Next Week

SCHG Panel on Equitable Louisville Next Week

SCHG Panel Flier

**This information has been provided by the Philosophy Department.

Please try to make it to our panel next week on “Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up”, featuring Prof. Lauren Heberle of Sociology and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, Alicia Hurle of KFTC, and Valerie Magnuson of Louisville Grows (a graduate of the Social Change program!). Check out the facebook event page:

For additional information, refer to the event flier. Contact Dr. Avery Kolers if there are any additional questions.

World Scholars Program Funding Applications are Now Available

Announcing the spring competition for World Scholars funding to support a semester or year of study abroad in 2015-16

The World Scholars Program provides select undergraduate students with up to $8000 of funding to support a significant study experience in a country or region of the world whose principal language is not English.Applicants must be actively committed to achieving fluency in the language of that country or region.They must also be declared majors or minors in any of the non-language disciplines offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and endeavor, to the degree possible, to study the material of that discipline while abroad (whether through full-immersion coursework, service learning, internship placement, directed study, etc.).Students studying any of the modern languages offered at the University of Louisville (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) are encouraged to apply.
Interested? Get started now!
1.Review application requirements at to be sure you’re eligible.
2.Make an appointment with Virginia Hosono, associate director of Study Abroad and International Affairs (, to explore study abroad options that meet the requirements of the program.
3.Line up your letters of recommendation and language evaluation. (Forms included in the application packet.)
Questions? Contact application committee chair Dr. Greg Hutcheson at


Bangladeshi Workers to Speak at UofL on Labor and Workers' Rights


Tuesday March 3rd, at 12:30 p.m. in Bingham 300. The event is hosted by Cards United Against Sweatshops.

Anthropology students interested in capitalism, worker's rights/labor, human rights, structural violence, and social justice may want to attend this talk next week (information provided by Cards United Against Sweatshops):

The survivor of the building collapse in Bangladesh will be here at the University of Louisville.
1,129 people died in the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013. Mahinoor Begum, one of the survivors, was in the building making clothes that go to stores like WalMart, JC Penny and The Children's Place. She will be at the University of Louisville to tell her story and to tell you what you can do as a student to change the garment industry right here at your university.

The worker tour will be on March 3, Tuesday at 12:30 in the Bingham Humanities Bldg, Rm 300 and will be hosted by Cards United Against Sweatshops.
Joining her will be labor organizer Kalpona Akter. Kalpona has been a garment worker since 12 years old. She is currently the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), one of Bangladesh’s most prominent labor rights advocacy organizations.

For questions, email Jamie El-Mallakh.

HRAF Internship at Yale for the 2015-2016 Year

HRAF Internship at Yale for the 2015-2016 Year

HRAF Internship Flier

HRAF Internship in Melvin Ember's Honor

The intent of the internship is to learn about cross-cultural research and methods through practical experience. The internship carries a stipend to cover living expenses for almost a year. The position is ideal for graduating seniors who are interested in anthropology but want to take a year off before pursuing graduate work. For more information, refer to the flier.

It's Paper Time: Check out the New and Improved Resources Page for New Research Guides

A heavy overhaul of the resources page is now complete. The newly revised resources page includes links to several new pages, in addition to re-organized and new content. Several new links to blogs of interest to anthropology students were added, as well as a research guide for all journals and databases purchased by UofL. Follow this link for the new resources page, and this link for the updated list of research guides. The UofL specific research guide may also be accessed here:

Hicks International Travel Award Applications DEADLINE EXTENSION

Due to the weather, UofL was closed for most of last week. To allow interested students the time needed to complete their applications, the Anthropology Department has decided to extend the deadline for the Hicks International Travel Award Applications to March 3rd. Applications can be found here, and all materials should be handed in to Paula Huffman in the Anthropology Department.

Dr. Haws Presenting on Neanderthal Niche Construction in Iberia at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Haws Presenting on Neanderthal Niche Construction in Iberia at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Haws will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati on Thursday, March 5th at 4pm, in the Max Kade Center. The talk is sponsored by the TAFT Research Center of the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati Anthropology Department.

For over two decades, Dr. Jonathan Hawshas been conducting archaeological research at Neanderthal sites in Portugal. This research has included excavations at Middle Paleolithic cave sites; these sites in particular are interesting because they may have been some of the last to be occupied by Neanderthals at the end of the Paleolithic. Dr. Haws will discuss evidence for Neanderthal niche construction in the western Iberian peninsula, and will present evidence challenging established dates for Neanderthal survival.

Refer to the event flier for additional details.

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy March 3rd

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy March 3rd

The lecture will take place on Tuesday March 3rd, at 6pm, at the Law School in room 275, and it is open to the public.

A full description of the event is outlined on the flier. The lecture by Dr. J.B. Ruhl from Vanderbilt University will focus on conservation policy.

Volunteer Opportunity with Doors to Hope

**The following message came from the LALS Club. Doors to Hope is interested in volunteers, particularly students with a background in Anthropology.

Despite the elements, the LALS Club met today with Lorena Miller, Volunteer Coordinator with Doors to Hope at 2914 South Third Street.  Lorena expressed interest in having more students to volunteer there from U of L, especially from the areas of Education and Anthropology.  The key times that she is looking for volunteers include Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 -7:00pm.  Volunteers would work with youth and adults teaching ESL, GED and computer skills.  Feel free to share this information with others in the community that might like to be involved in volunteering or service learning.

If you would like to get more information about these opportunities you can contact Lorena Miller at 502-384-4673 or

Archaeology Field School Opportunity in Alaska

Archaeology Field School Opportunity in Alaska

**The following information has been provided by program director Dr. Brian T. Wygal.

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology, environmental studies, or related disciplines to join our 2015 summer field school in the beautiful Susitna Valley, Alaska. Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available, this program emphasizes a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. For more information about the Adelphi in Alaska Archaeological Field School please see the attached flyer or check out other programs in Alaska and Crete by visiting

National Anthropology Day Festivities Canceled for 2/19, to be Rescheduled

Due to the weather, the Anthropology Department has decided to cancel the festivities on February 19th in honor of National Anthropology Day. The festivities will be rescheduled to a later time and date.