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I am a Kentuckian, October 29th at 12pm

I am a Kentuckian, October 29th at 12pm

I Am A Kentuckian: Jose Antonio Vargas will speak on out-of-date immigration policies and his personal story as an undocumented person in the United States.

October 29, 12:00 pm at the Red Barn.

Alianzas Lecture presented by the Hispanic Latino Faculty Staff Association of the University of Louisville to take place October 27 at 7:00 pm

Alianzas Lecture presented by the Hispanic Latino Faculty Staff Association of the University of Louisville to take place October 27 at 7:00 pm

The Alianzas Lecture presented by the Hispanic Latino Faculty Staff Association of the University of Louisville.

October 27 at 7:00 pm in Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center at UL

Rosa Alicia Clemente is a Black Puerto Rican grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist, journalist, and entrepreneur who is committed to scholar-activism and youth organizing.  She has delivered lectures on topics such as African-American and Latino/a Intercultural Relations, Hip-Hop Activism, The History of the Young Lords Party, and Organizing to Free U.S. Political Prisoners.

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.

Archaeology Field School in Alaska Summer 2016

The Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology welcomes applications from students interested in archaeology or related disciplines to join 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 have been found dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. 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 and visit the websitehttp://anthropology.adelphi.edu/explore/field-research-and-study-abroad/.

Mortuary Archaeology Field School in Poland Summer 2016


The 18th Field School in Mortuary Archaeology which will be held in Drawsko, Poland, in summer 2016, is now accepting student applications. Students interested in excavating human skeletal remains may be interested in this opportunity.

The early modern skeletal cemetery at Drawsko, Poland (16th -17th centuries AD) provides a unique opportunity for students to practice bioarchaeology by learning archaeological excavation techniques and working with human osteological material. To date more than 250 inhumations have been excavated, and the skeletal collection includes various evidence of traumatic injury, infectious, degenerative and genetic disease, nutritional deficiency, as well as atypical lesions that have yet to be identified. Every archaeological season in Drawsko brings discoveries of unusual burials containing the dead with iron sickles running across their necks.

At the site students are allowed to excavate and document burials by themselves getting hands-on experience. The professional supervision is provided by the international team of instructors from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, State University of New York, Oneonta, USA, The Memorial University of Newfoundland , Canada, University of Nevada and Slavia Foundation, Lednica, Poland. Excavated bones serve as reference material in osteology courses worth 6 academic credits (ECTS). The language of the Field School is English.

Additional information may be found on the field school flyer, or on the project website: www.slavia.org.

Questions should be directed to:

Dr. Marek Polcyn
Slavia Project Co-ordinator
First Piasts Museum
Dziekanowice 32
62-261 Lednogora, Poland
tel.: + 48614274968

2015 Arts and Sciences Student Council Artshow Applications Due October 16th

The 2015 Arts and Sciences Student Council Art Show will be held on October 21st from 11:00AM-3:00PM in the Red Barn. The prizes will be an iPad mini and four Kindle Fires. There are four categories that students can enter: drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture/3D.

All applications are accepted and are due on October 16th!

Students are free to attend the event even if they have not submitted artwork. Students are encouraged to attend and cast their votes! FREE Cane’s lunch for everyone who votes!

Film Screening of 'End of the Line' on Thursday, October 15th


Thursday, October 15th, ELSB Green Initiatives and SAB are hosting a screening of the documentary The End of The Line, at the Floyd Theater. It documents Kentuckian grass roots activism that successfully shut down the legislation for the Bluegrass Pipeline. The film debut in Louisville is combined with a panel of activists who are featured in the film and food from RAPP, and the Refugee Agriculture Partnership Program in Louisville.

A preview can be seen here https://player.vimeo.com/video/140174825
There is more information on the Facebook event and listed below:

Date: Thursday, October 15
Showings: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Panel: 6:45 pm
Location: Floyd Theatre, Student Activities Center
Cost: FREE

New Food Truck Food Options on Campus

New Food Truck Food Options on Campus

UofL has been working to bring food trucks to the Belknap campus. Refer to the flyer for details on trucks and locations starting this week.

Black Lives Matter Event Hosted by the Muhammad Ali Institute

The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice is having an event at UofL this Thursday, October 15th from 6-8pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139:

'Why Black Lives Matter- Focus on Louisville'

Local leader-activists are the featured speakers and the Muhammad Ali Institute hopes to engage students in learning more about the great work of local community leaders and organizations, as well as participatory action research projects.

Dr. John Hale Featured in Article on Mayan Underwater Archaeology Project in Archaeology Magazine

A site mapping project at an underwater Mayan island site purported to have served as a sacred ceremonial space involving Dr. John Hale was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of Archaeology Magazine. A copy of the July/August issue of Archaeology magazine containing the article is available in the Anthropology Department at the coffee tables.

Village Capital Fall Internships Available

Village Capital is still looking to fill some paid internship positions. Full details and a description of the internship may be found here. Questions, resumes, and cover letters should be directed to Shadea Mitchell shade.mitchell@kentuckianaworks.org.

City's Free Tree Giveaway October 10th 4-6pm

City's Free Tree Giveaway October 10th 4-6pm

The fall 2015 Free Tree Giveaway will take place this Saturday, October 10th, from 4-6pm. A variety of species will be available on a first-come basis at the JCTC downtown campus. For additional details, please refer to the flyer.

"Reweaving the web: Amazonian dark earth" October 9th

The documentary premiere of "Reweaving the web: Amazonian dark earth" and chat with director, Dr. Frederique Apffel Marglin will take place from 4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday the 9th of October at the Chao Auditorium. A short reception will follow the Q&A. All are welcome.

Annual La Minga Harvest Festival October 25th 2-6pm

Local communal farming initiative, La Minga, will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival. The Festival will take place on October 25th, from 2-6pm at La Minga. Additional information may be found on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/415760638628354/. Additionally, anyone interested in attending the event is encouraged to contact Anthropology Graduate Student, Tyler Short. Questions about La Minga and on-going graduate research at La Minga may also be directed to Tyler Short.

Three Events with Gustavo Arellano on October 14th, Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program is bringing Gustavo Arellano to UofL for three events on October 14th. Mr. Arellano has worked as a consulting producer with Seth MacFarlan to develop a new TV show 'Bordertown', and will be hosting an advanced screening of one of the episodes. The screening will take place at 12pm in the Shumaker Research Building, Room 139. From 2-3:00pm in the same location, Mr. Arellano will speak about his syndicated column. At 4:30pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium, Mr. Arellano will lecture on the impacts of Latinos on southern food ways.

For additional information about any of these events, refer to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program website.

Updates to Resources Page

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton Univeristy (SUNY) offers a MS in Biomedical Anthropology and is currently accepting applications. To view the current program flyer and additional details, go to this page.

Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs in Need of ESL Volunteer Teacher

The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs offers English as a Second Language programs for its workers who are learning English. The program is actively looking for a volunteer ESL teacher for Tuesday nights for the next five weeks. The classes will last from 5:30-7:00 pm. Students with some Spanish language experience may be preferred.

Malawi Immersion Seminar Ethnographic Field School May-June 2016


Announcing the 14th season of the Malawi Immersion Seminar, an ethnographic field school supported by the University of Rochester, Department of Anthropology.

ANT 299/499: Malawi Immersion Seminar
Location: Lilongwe/Salima/Ntcheu, Malawi, Africa
Program dates: May 30- June 19, 2016

Please visit our website for complete information:

The Malawi Immersion Seminar is a three-week field school exploring culture, public health, economics, politics, and ecology in Malawi, Africa using the anthropological method. The seminar offers students an immersive and transformative summer experience, providing the chance to engage in independent research. The program provides the necessary language and methodological training for meaningful and productive learning abroad.

NO prior experience in anthropology is required. The field school is appropriate for students from diverse disciplinary approaches and backgrounds. Undergraduate and graduate students from any university and in any major may apply. International students are also welcome

Scholarships are available for undergraduate students from any university.

Application deadline is February 1, 2016.
Applications will be reviewed and admission offered on a rolling basis with an enrollment limit of 15 students.

Field School Highlights Include

  • Training and practice in conducting interviews, surveys, and participant observation
  • Courses in Chichewa language
  • Exploration of the interactions between and the history of the Ngoni and Chewa groups
  • Designing and completing both pre-departure background research and an independent ethnographic research project in Malawi
  • Homestay in a rural Malawian community
  • Hiking in the Great Rift Valley
  • Two-day safari at Liwonde National Park
  • Working alongside Malawian hosts on rural argoecology projects and in a rural health center
  • Seminars with local experts on permaculture, economic decision-making, risk, culture, history, religion, and public health.

Undergraduate students who successfully complete the program will earn 4 hours of course credit (ANT 299) and graduate students earn 3 credits (ANT 499).


Tuition and Program Fees:

Tuition and Program fees total $4,100 and include:

  • 4 academic credits
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • A two-night safari to Liwonde National Park
  • Travel health insurance
  • All museum admission fees
  • Chichewa language instruction

Tuition does not include airfare.


Further questions regarding course content and details of the program should be sent to the instructor, Joseph Lanning

Anthropology Graduate Student Melissa Herndon Accepted in Grant Writing Academy

Congratulations to Anthropology Department graduate student, Melissa Herndon, on her acceptance into the Fall 2015 PLAN Grant Writing Academy. The Grant Writing Academies are competitive, and offer a great opportunity for advanced students to learn the process of preparing and submitting grant funding proposals.