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Call for Papers for the CSAS 2016 Meetings April 21-23

Abstract submissions and registration links are now live on the Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) website for the 2016 Annual Meetings. As always with Central States Anthro, the meeting will be a great opportunity to present research and ideas to colleagues in Central States’ non-competitive, sincerely anthropological venue, and for students to make the rite of passage of presenting their first professional paper to an encouraging audience. Submissions deadline is January 29th, 2016.

To submit an abstract, register for the meetings, and for additional information, visit the CSAS website: http://csas.americananthro.org/sample-page/annual-meeting/.

Late Pleistocene Archaeology Field School in Alaska for Undergraduate Students

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications for our 2016 summer field school in Alaska. Research will focus on the newly discovered Holzman site along Shaw Creek where large mammal bones, mammoth ivory fragments, and stone tools dating to the end of the Ice Age were found last summer. Join our research team in the scenic Tanana Valley as we investigate the question, who were the First Alaskans?

Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), 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, visit website, or email Brian Wygal (bwygal@adelphi.edu) for an application packet.



osea Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology Field Study Abroad 2016


Four & Six Week programs
· Ethnography Field School
· Maya Language Immersion
· Teach English Service Learning

June 22 to July 30, 2016, Yucatán, México
Ethnography Field School provides experiential hands on training in learning ethnographic methods in contexts of community action research and service learning.

Ideal for Graduate students preparing for fieldwork and Undergraduates seeking unique educational and international experience to enter med school, continue in a graduate program, or pursue a career in non-profit community work.

Interested Graduate Student can apply for Internship positions as Research Assistants who supervise and coordinate undergrad research projects while conducting their research in one of the three OSEA research program areas.

Ethnography Field School 6 weeks 8 credits
Students design & conduct research project on Sustainable Community Tourism; sexualities & subjectivities in contexts of cultural change; Visual Ethnography; Heritage, Service Learning; Maya Health and Health and Healing.

Students working on NGO issues are encouraged to create projects related to Indigenous non-profit community tourism and the spatialization of INGOs in relation to tourism economies

​Check out Student Research projects from previous years on website & videos of presentations on
​OSEA FB​ page

Teach English Community Service Learning, 8 credits

Maya Language Immersion, 6 credits

OSEA courses are accredited through partner institution
the Facultad de Antropología of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology
Visit OSEA on Facebook

Call for Students: 2016 NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala

The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy public health, and other social science students for its four-week summer session: May 30 - June 24, 2016.

The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners. Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply via our website www.napaotguatemala.org by December 31, 2015. 

The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and public health.

The objectives of the program are:

· To explore efforts to achieve social justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence
· To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse
· To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in developing nations
· To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects
· To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents
· To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy and applied anthropology

Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:

  • Health system accountability: Citizen Participation and the right to health in rural Guatemala
  • Midwifery:  Cultural Complexities and Health Care Accessibility
  • Pediatric Practice: Play as a Therapeutic Practice for Undernutrition, Feeding, and Development

Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace.  Visit our website for more information at www.napaotguatemala.org.

The (W)Hole Picture: the Intersection of Pots, People, and Planes

Lecture by:
Prof. Morag Kersel, DePaul University
Thursday February 25, 2016
5:00 in the Shumaker Research Building 139

How does (should) a person, a community, a government, law enforcement, an international organization respond to a hole in the ground; a hole that is the direct result of archaeological site looting? Demand for Early Bronze Age (3600-2000 BCE) archaeological objects has resulted in decades of illegal excavation and thousands of holes in the ground along the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan. Most parties who interact with the landscape view holes as a negative factor but recent results indicate that there are some who see positive aspects to illegally excavated holes. A holistic approach, which includes archaeological evidence (pots), archival documents (people and pots), ethnographic interviews (people), and aerial surveys using drones (planes), provides valuable clues from the past and present regarding the holes. Ethnographic insights into the scope, scale, and movement of looted artifacts are coupled with an aerial site monitoring project investigating change over time in order to assess the potential impact of various Jordanian Department of Antiquities’ anti-looting campaigns and local community outreach programs.

Prof. Wiche interviewed by Ecocentric

Prof. Wiche was recently interviewed by Ecocentric. To read Prof. Wiche's interview, follow this link.

Summer 2016 Ethnographic Field School in the Ecuadorian Amazon

May 22-June 22, 2016

6 credits (Ethnographic Field School/Intensive Introduction to Kichwa)

Appalachian State University, UNC
Director:Dr. Timothy J. Smith

$3,500 (includes: roundtrip airfare from Charlotte to Quito, in-country transportation, food and lodging for 30 days, entrance fees)

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2016
NOTE: This program is limited to 12 spots with a pre-approval process.

Now in its ninth year, 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, which is 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 will learn how to construct a research project, learn interviewing techniques, and gain valuable experience in ethnographic methods and analysis by working directly with an indigenous women's cooperative that that focuses on gender, sustainable community tourism, and the transformation/conservation of local traditions. With community members, we will be studying indigenous representation in Ecuador (focusing upon the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on identity, gender, and empowerment), along with other Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the upper Amazon. The program also strongly focuses upon an engaged anthropology through which students will develop collaborative partnerships with local community members. For the second course, Intensive Introduction to Kichwa, students will have the opportunity to study Kichwa, while learning methods in language documentation and analysis.

The focus of the field school is on indigenous activism, citizenship in Ecuador in the wake of local resource extraction (oil), development, and sustainable tourism initiatives. The students will be divided into research teams, each of which will work in collaboration with indigenous consultants in the carrying out of a research project with one of the following themes: environmental activism, history, oil, identity/activism, gender, and eco-tourism. Working together, students will develop their own research goals and carry out their research with local community members. In addition to participant-observation over the course of the month, students will visit family homes with indigenous translators and guides to interact with local families. In order to foster a collaborative spirit and build rapport, as well as receiving an introductory course in linguistic field methods, students will also undergo intensive Kichwa (Quichua) study in the afternoons. They will be introduced to basic phrases and concepts through a grammatical study of the language and are charged with creating a basic lexicon around individual lessons. In addition to classroom and field instruction, students will also 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," along with a 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=http-3A__anthro.appstate.edu_field-2Dschools_ethnographic-2Dand-2Dlinguistic-2Dfield-2Dschools_summer-2D2016-2Decuador&d=AwIFAw&c=SgMrq23dbjbGX6e0ZsSHgEZX6A4IAf1SO3AJ2bNrHlk&r=BijBVFt7inteN1QtyyzsQUH3eEFh0lkHl3-Wq3dtkXo&m=h918aMWKoqN1p_NKBH7pmqTyHJvKz8YuO-sKewG-u30&s=KT8s8b0N3GBdmXH7MbndGQ1MgOJRkNGvnjvg334gDBI&e=
You may also contact the program director, Dr. Timothy J. Smith, for more information at smithtj2@appstate.edu

Applications for Hershberg Scholarship Now Available

Applications for the 2016 David Hershberg Scholarship are now available. The scholarship is for extended study abroad travel expenses, and grantees will receive a minimum of $1,500. For all information regarding application materials and requirements, visit the Hershberg Scholarship website.

DUE: February 19th.

Adult and Juvenile Osteology, Pathology and Bioarchaeology Field Schools in Transylvania, Romania- 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. To further expand their horizons in field mortuary archaeology, participants can apply as well to both of the following:

Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation - Lost Churches Project
Location: Valeni, Harghita County (Central Transylvania), Romania
Period: Late Migration - Medieval
Excavation dates: Session 1: June 12 - July 2, 2016; Session 2: July 3 - July 23, 2016
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!medieval-funerary-excavation/c1xrf
Contact e-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua (Department of Anthropology, Western Carolina University)

Deviant Mass Grave Mortuary Excavation - Crisis and Health Project
Location: Valeni, Harghita County (Central Transylvania), Romania
Period: Late Migration - Medieval
Excavation dates: Session 1: May 22 - June 11, 2016; Session 2: June 12 - July 2, 2016
More information:http://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/#!deviant-mass-grave-mortuary-excavation/ji8wj
Contact e-mail:archaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Directors: Dr. Anna Osterholtz (Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Keep in mind that the origin of our 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. Our 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.

LABORATORY PROJECTS (see description below):

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 – Lost Churches Project
4. Pathology Osteology Research Workshop - Crisis and Health

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

Adult Osteology Research Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations – The Remaking of the EuropeanFrontier
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

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

Description - Intensive Osteology, Adult and Juvenile Osteology Projects: 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. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. 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. 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.

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

Description - Pathology Osteology Project: During the 16th-18th century, Central-Eastern Europe, and Transylvania as its frontier, underwent through a series of global and local severe crises. These crises were not only political but also social, cultural and religious, resulting in normative behavioral vacuums when confronted to various catastrophic events, such as famine, plague, military or civil strife, epidemics, etc. In this context, deviant practices are implemented in an effort to bypass the immediate crises and establish normalcy. As a result, unique anthropological sites are created. Whoever is buried there, is separated from the community and from the church. Either it is a shunned segment of their social construct, or it is a place where they buried individuals that displayed certain not predetermined physical, social, religious stigmata, or they are the victims of an epidemic. Participants will be trained in identifying in a bioarchaeological context, and recognizing 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.
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These projects are designed as intensive hands-on field experience programs and, as such, are open to both credit student and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org.

Farmer's Market Holiday Bazaar December 3rd

For all other details, see the flyer

The Bazaar will take place from 2-6pm

Vendors: (16 total)
Anne Scott – coffee bags turned into bags, purses, totes, table runners, etc.
Bread and Breakfast – breads, cinnamon rolls
Emily and Travis Ross’s New-Farm – pork products, Holiday hams (5 to 8 lbs.), sausage, bratwurst, chorizo, anadoullie, bacon, pork chops, shoulder/picnic roast, and hocks
Gadabout Gallery – handcrafted sterling silver and copper jewelry, Local Love Pillows, and ornaments
Granny’s Delights – canned pickles, salsa, jams, jellies (in jars) and homemade breads
Green Farm – sweet dumplings, pancakes, macaroni, and green tea
Lowe Creek Farm – apples, apple butter and wood, woven market baskets
Paradise Tea – tea
Purl’s Pecans – pecan clusters and fudge
Schlaegel’s Acres – wood art items, corn hole, ornaments, soaps, home-made jams and Jellies, etc.
Swallow Rail Farm – lamb, chicken, and eggs
Unique Wind Chimes & Birds by Bruce – wind chimes, coasters, wooden crafts, crunchies, diaper covers, etc.
Use Good Scents – toxic-free deodorant, lotions, hand sanitizers, cleaning spray, made from natural ingredients including therapeutic grade essential oils.
Summer Shades Soap – soaps, scrubs, salve, dog soap, lotions, lip balms, laundry butter & soap pouches
Flour Power – whole grain baked goods, breads, pies, cookies, bread and home churned ice cream
The New Blak – black dresses and t-shirts, etc.


Summer 2016 Field Schools in Transylvania: Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Museology, Geophysics


The programs are intensive hands-on projects designed to immerse our participants in an active research environment and provide the opportunity for the acquisition of practical, technical and specialized field skills. The research area focuses on Transylvania (Romania), a region essential to the prehistoric and historic development of the Old World – Europe. Transylvania, by its geographic position as one of the main access roads in and out of Europe, and by its highly fertile lands and natural resources (i.e. salt, copper, tin, iron, silver, gold, etc.), was at the core of the multiscalar transformative processes instrumental in European construction.

In this context, this research looks at processes of crisis management in liminal space-time environments, such as the European frontier. Archaeotek researchers 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 by 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. They are focusing 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.

To this effect, there are have several on-going projects, open to both credit students and non-credit volunteers:


Applied Field Geophysics Workshop – Intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Survey and Analysis (May 29 – July 1, 2016; intensive 5 day sessions)Flyer
Field Museology, Ethnoarchaeology and Traditional Crafts Workshop (June 5 – July 2, 2016) Flyer
Roman Military Survey – Field Survey Methods for Settlement Identification (June 5 – July 2, 2016) Flyer

ARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (2 weeks minimum):

Roman Settlement Excavation – Life by the Imperial Roads (May 29 – July 2, 2016) Flyer
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) Flyer
Roman Imperial Urban Excavation – Sarmizegetusa, First Roman City North of the Danube (July 3 – August 6, 2016) Flyer

BIOARCHAEOLOGY – EXCAVATION (associated 3 and 4 week intensive osteology labs are separate):

Medieval Cemetery Funerary Excavation – Lost Churches Project (June 12 – July 2 and July 3 – July 23, 2016) Flyer
Deviant Mass Grave Medieval Mortuary Excavation – Crisis and Pathology (May 22 – June 11 and June 12 – July 2, 2016) Flyer

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 Facebook ArchaeoTek Community page.

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

Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) Accepting Applications

The Program:
Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt.

Work and Available Offices:
Participants intern full-time in one of eight university offices, working in a range of fields including University administration, sustainability, finance, student development, advancement, communications, and more. A detailed list of these offices can be found on our website. This program provides recent graduates the unique opportunity to begin their professional careers while abroad.

Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, furnished faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, access to AUC faculty and staff programs, community-based personal development, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.

We look for a diverse array of applicants from a wide range of American universities, including students with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies. Potential applicants should view the attached brochure and visit our website for more information on the program and how to apply. In addition, visit our Facebook page and blog to learn more about living and working in Egypt.

The application is due January 22, 2016

Additional Information

GIS day is Tomorrow!

Starts at 10:30am and continues through the afternoon. Great talks, posters, and live demonstrations of drones, and free pizza. For all details, check out the event program.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Teach-in Today from 12:30-2:00pm

Today from 12:30-2pm, in the Chao Auditorium:

Teach-in: Representations of Latin@s in the U.S.

'Thai Red Shirt Protests and Radical Vernacular Protest Sound': a talk by Dr. Benjamin Tausig

Co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department

Benjamin Tausig

Assistant Professor of Music
Stony Brook University
Thai Red Shirt Protests and Radical Vernacular Protest Sound
Thursday November 12
4:00-5:30, in Humanities 300

As a global financial crisis rippled through the late 2000s and early 2010s, with mass protest movements rising in its wake, many observers asked a nervous question of keen ethnomusicological interest: where are the protest songs? Focusing on a case study from Thailand's Red Shirt movement in 2010-11, this talk engages with the growing scholarly literature on music, sound, and political dissent that addresses this trenchant but flawed question. I argue that our inquiries into music and dissent may be more usefully framed by attending to sonic circulation and aurality by way of sound studies.


Talk by Jennifer Maravillas November 12th

Anthropology students interested in cultural and social anthropology, geography, and art may enjoy this upcoming talk by Jennifer Maravillas on November 12th. All details regarding the event may be found on the flyers.

The GREEN Program Information Session Tuesday, November 10th

The University of Louisville GREEN program ambassador is hosting an information session on the GREEN Program:

GREEN Program Information Session
Tuesday, November 10th
Room 314 of the Vogt Building
5:00 PM

Katie Persons (katie.persons@louisville.edu)
Rebecca Schilling (rebecca.schilling@louisville.edu)

The GREEN program team has been in NYC to assist in the launch of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (see below for the 17 SDG's). They are dedicated to educating student leaders through their immersive programming abroad to drive their passion towards careers and initiatives that are advancing the SDG's. World leaders have set the goals for the next 15 years, religious figures like Pope Francis have shown support, and now it is up to the young leaders to act.

Additional questions may be directed to T. Brady Halligan, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Enrollment, The GREEN Program.

Climate Justice & Just Transition citizen movements: From fighting extreme extraction to building deep democracy


The Anthropology Department is sponsoring a guest lecture by Dr. Betsy Taylor on November 3rd, at 4pm in Shumaker Room 139.

Dr. Taylor's Bio:
Betsy Taylor is a cultural anthropologist whose primary fieldwork has been in Central Appalachia and Northeast India. Her current research is on emerging forms of civil society, community-based natural resource management and place-based planning. Her scholarly writings engage questions of environmental imaginaries and identities, the construction of identity, the constitution of public space, participatory action research and public involvement strategies. She is Executive Director of the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and Senior Research Scientist in Appalachian Studies, Virginia Tech. She is currently working on various projects for post-coal economic transition in Central Appalachia, and has worked in many action projects for community-driven, integrated development in Appalachia and South Asia – including health, agriculture, forestry, culture and environmental stewardship. She is on the national steering committee of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and is co-author (with Herbert Reid) of Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice, (University of Illinois Press, 2010). For more, go to: http://vt.academia.edu/BetsyTaylor.

Lecture Description:
Our global energy systems are in a period of turbulence when it is important to prepare for a dramatically different future while keeping a clear-eyed understanding of the lessons that history can teach us. This talk begins with a rapid look at the past decade of citizen movements against fossil fuel extraction around the globe (especially highly destructive new technologies of mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and tar sands oil). We will look at recent assessments of the economic impact of citizen resistance on corporate profits when pipelines or extraction are halted or delayed. In the past fifteen years, remarkable alliances have been built among the frontline communities that Naomi Klein and others call “Blockadia” – the diverse, place-based resistance movements to what many call “extreme extraction” as conventional reserves of oil, gas, and coal are depleted. This talk will build a ‘power map’ of successes, barriers, and new alliances. We will examine the Alliance for Appalachia in depth to understand its deepening and widening alliances with environmental justice movements in Indigenous communities and other regions that have been ‘sacrifice zones’ in the global energy system.

The explosion of “Blockadia” in the past decade has been remarkably effective, considering that it has primarily arisen in economically and politically marginalized communities. Grassroots environmental justice movements are increasingly working with much better resourced movements for post-carbon economic transition and climate remediation. We will attempt a power map of emerging challenges and opportunities in efforts to build a broad coalition of regenerative projects against the political currents of neoliberal capitalist regimes that are drivers of climate disruption.

Dr. Beyin Presents at the "Early Maritime Cultures on the East African Coast" conference

Dr. Beyin has just returned from attending a conference on "Early Maritime Cultures on the East African Coast" at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where he gave a joint paper titled- "Prehistoric settlements on the Red Sea Coast of Eritrea: Implications for tracking early human interactions across the Red Sea Basin". Conference page: http://africa.wisc.edu/?page_id=8761

REMINDER: Hick's Travel Award Applications for 2015-16 are DUE OCT. 26th (this coming Monday)

The award is given to anthropology majors who show excellence in their classwork as demonstrated by their GPA, who show promise of continuing their education in anthropology or a related field, who can explain how the proposed international experience advances their education, and who demonstrate financial need. These funds can only be used to support participation in appropriate travel/study abroad programs which offer academic credit. Preference is given to students of junior or senior standing. The link to the application may be found below: