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Professor Emeritus Ed Segal to speak at upcoming Women's and Gender Studies 40th Anniversary

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Women's & Gender Studies at UofL with Dr. Segal.
Professor Emeritus Ed Segal to speak at upcoming Women's and Gender Studies 40th Anniversary

WGS at UofL 40th Anniversary

Women's and Gender Studies at UofL boasts many firsts in the state of Kentucky: the first WGS Department; the first to offer a WGS major; and the first to establish an M.A. degree in WGS.  Join Department of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Ed Segal and other distinguished scholars as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of UofL's Women's and Gender Studies program.

The celebration will commence at 3:30 p.m. on October 23 in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium.

A&S Short-term Travel Abroad Program deadline extended to October 29

Apply now to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina during Spring 2015 semester.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in Peace Psychology, intergroup contact, conflict resolution, transitional justice, and international travel to the beautiful country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this A&S Short-Term Study Abroad 2015 Summer Term I course (May 2015 departure)may be for you.  Participants will gain practical research experience by collecting research data and conducting a service-learning workshop "Cooperative Game Playing: Building Community" at two high schools in Tuzla, BiH.  (Training will be provided during the spring term.)

The application deadline (along with $100 deposit) has been extended to October 29.  The Preliminary Application can be found at  Please scroll down to the Bosnia-Herzegovina Program and click on the "Preliminary Application". The final selection decision will be announced before spring term registration opens (November 7).  If not selected, the $100 deposit will be refunded.


(1) Application is open to students planning to major or minor in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Justice Administration, Religious Studies, Liberal Studies, and those participating in the University Honors, Individualized Major, and PJCT programs.

(2) Prerequisites include: Cumulative and Major GPA of 3.0, completion of PSYC201, PSYC301 (or approved statistics course), and PSYC302 (or approved research methods course), or Faculty Director approval.  Prerequisites must be completed prior to our international departure in May 2015.

(3) An informal interview with the Faculty Director is required prior to selection.

(4) Those selected will be required to complete PSYC404-01: Intergroup Contact & Conflict Resolution (1- credit hour) during the 2015 spring semester.  This class meets on Mondays from 10:00-10:50, where you will learn the history of Bosnia, the theory behind intergroup contact, the research procedures involved in collecting survey data, the development and practice of conducting the service-learning workshop, and the travel expectations and preparations.

(6) Selected students must register and will earn 6 credit hours for PSYC408 (2015 Summer Term I).  Although the cost of tuition will be waived and class registration is required, a program fee associated with instruction and travel will apply.  Cost is estimated to be between $3,800-$4,000 (depending on number of participants).  The payments will be spread out to December 1: $250, February 1: one-half of remaining balance, and March 1: remaining balance.  If you are selected, you may also be eligible to apply for summer financial aid.  Also, the early selection process will allow you time to begin saving for the trip.

If you are interested in this A&S short-term travel abroad course, please contact Melinda Leonard to schedule an interview.

Receive academic credit and a stipend for World Affairs Council Internships

Assist international visitors, support public relations efforts, and aid in the development of global education programs.

The World Affairs Council is taking applicants for interns. Receive academic credit and a stipend if you complete the internship through the anthropology department internship program,  For more information on specific internship openings, please see the World Affairs Council Open Internships release (.doc) or visit the World Kentucky web site.

Deadline for Spring 2015 Frederic Hicks International Travel Award is Nov. 3

Apply now for travel abroad funding.



What is the Hicks Travel Award you ask?

The Hicks Award is given to anthropology majors who show excellence in their course-work 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.

Dr. Frederic Hicks was a professor in our department for many years. Until his retirement in 1996, he taught Mesoamerican ethnohistory and Latin American anthropology. This award is his legacy to the Anthropology Department. It is hoped that students will gain fresh insights and understandings through their travel, study, and research in new cultural settings. In the past few years, our majors have used this award for study in—among other places--Russia, Peru, Morocco, Portugal, Costa Rica, and Australia.

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. A form is available in the Anthropology Department lobby. The submission deadline for the Spring 2015 semester funding is November 3, 2014.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Markowitz.

Click here to download application (pdf).

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Recent Anthropology graduate, Stephanie Lunn, garners accolades at Research!Louisville

Stephanie Lunn, 2013 Department of Anthropology graduate and winner of the Anthropology Award of Merit, presented at recent Research!Louisville event.

Stephanie Lunn (2013 Anthropology Award of Merit Winner) is now working on her Masters in Public Health. Recently, her poster presentation on the salubriousness of comprehensive Hepatitis C testing for refugees from Cuba and Arab nations garnered first place accolades in the Research!Louisville forum.

From Ms. Lunn:

“My poster for Research!Louisville involved my practicum, which is part of the Global Health Initiative of the UL Division of Infectious Diseases. I am the program coordinator for Hepatitis C testing in newly arriving refugees. My duties are conducted at the 550 Travel and Immunization Clinic, which is my main practicum site. In my poster, I talked about the implementation of the program and the data that has been gathered so far, which will be used to evaluate the program.”

Ms. Lunn's poster tied for first place with fellow SPHIS student Victory Osezua.

Dr. Burnet contributes to University Writing Center's 'How I Write' series

Dr. Burnet, award-winning author and Associate Professor of Anthropology, elucidates the process of putting thoughts to paper

Dr. Burnet, whose recent book Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda has garnered multiple awards and accolades,  provides invaluable insight on the writing process as part of the University Writing Center's "How I Write Series."  Below is an excerpt.

When, where, and how I write constantly changes. I’m a chronic procrastinator so I’m always finding new ways to trick myself into getting down to business. Lately, I’ve been doing most of my writing at my dining room table (I’m here right now!). Our dining room has large windows that let in a lot of indirect sunlight. Because the family eats dinner here every night, I’m forced to clear away my stuff daily so the space doesn’t become cluttered.

On days when I’m really stuck and not making progress, I’ll take a Gregg-lined steno pad and a pen to a coffeeshop, a public library, or other busy but quiet place. For some reason, writing with pen and paper seems less official so I can get a bunch of ideas on paper and worry about wrestling them into a logical progression or cohesive argument later. Paper and pen are my antidote for writer’s block.

In an ideal world, I write best first thing in the morning with my second cup of coffee. When I get started early, I don’t fall into my procrastination cycles. Unfortunately, life almost always gets in the way of this practice.

Read the full article to glean more tips from Dr. Burnet and other authors at

Dr. Haws to be featured speaker at September's 'Beer with a Scientist' series on Sept. 24

Join Dr. Haws and colleagues at Against the Grain for scholarship and cocktails

Dr. Jonathan Haws will be presenting "What was it like to be a Neanderthal in ancient Europe?" as part of Against the Grain and Louisville Underground Science's 'Beer with a Scientist' series on September 24.  'Beer with a Scientist' is an informal series of lectures intended to inform and educate the public on diverse scientific topics.  Learn more about Dr. Haws' research by perusing his research page at

Dr. Haws' presentation will begin at 8:00 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session.  For more information on this and other interesting events, visit

Admission is free!

Dr. Zhao on sabbatical Fall 2014 semester, set to conduct fieldwork in Zhejiang and Taipei

Dr. Zhao will return Spring 2015 semester.

In Fall 2014, Dr. Jianhua Zhao is on sabbatical, during which he will conduct field research on family business entrepreneurs in Zhejiang and Taipei. After returning from field research, he will focus on data analysis and writing. In conjunction with his research, he will also spend time on updating two courses: ANTH 317: Anthropology of China and ANTH 347: Global Capitalisms. Dr. Zhao will return to U of L to teach in Spring 2015.

Hear from workers who make Cards' apparel in Dominican Republic on Sept. 11

September 11 at 6:00 p.m., Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300.

Hear directly from workers who sew Cards' apparel in the Alta Gracia project located in Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone.  Learn how YOU can take action on campus to work towards a humane apparel industry worldwide.

For more information, visit

Presented by Cards United Against Sweatshops; the departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Social Change; Phi Sigma Tau.  Contact

Dr. Peteet spent Spring 2014 semester in Jordan conducting NEH-funded research

Summation of Dr. Peteet's research on the cultural politics of hammams.

From Dr. Julie Peteet:

I spent the first half of 2014 in Jordan conducting research funded by an NEH/ACOR Fellowship on the cultural politics of hammams (baths). This was a clear departure from my usual research on violence and displacement. Why were baths springing up and what sort of local knowledge was circulating about these places. Combing elements of Roman and Islamic baths, with features of the modern global spa industry, these new baths have sprung up in Amman and at tourist sites in Jordan. I was interested in how people accounted for their recent emergence, memories and stories of past hammam experiences, and who was patronizing these new baths and why. Most significantly, what sorts of bodily practices unfolded in the space of the hammam? With the neo-liberal commodification of the body, what was once a local and  inexpensive way to engage in hygienic practices and socialize with fellow bathers has now become a high end, rather pricey affair available mainly to the upper middle-class. Methodologically, this project combined ethnographic field methods with extensive visits to Nabatean, Roman, Byzantine, early Islamic, Mamluke, and Ottoman archaeological sites.

Baths are spatial forms and involve practices that have a long genealogy across the region and through time.  There is an identifiable historical continuity to these spaces, practices and their constituent elements. It is forged by the essence of water and the bath as a site of intervention in the body. Baths are situated at the intersection of dirt and cleanliness, purity and impurity, and public/private.  Water is purifying and cleansing in both sacred and profane ways, life-sustaining, and increasingly subject to privatization. Water, its availability and technologies to capture and channel it, binds baths across the historical spectrum and in the Mediterranean region. Water played a significant role in determining where a bath could be built and its size.

I posed two main questions. First, do contemporary baths contribute to, inform or carry forward ways of conceptualizing and understanding ideas about heritage, tradition, and notions of cultural revival on a local and global scale? What can they tell us about concepts of region and regional consciousness across time and space? And what can they tell us about cultural flows and circuits and dominant historical and cultural narratives of tradition? A second question concerns the temporal dimension. Why the interest in opening baths now, at this particular historical moment? What intersection of economic, political and socio-cultural factors are shaping these new hammams and endowing them with a new significance? I argue that hammans are situated at the intersection of a process of recuperation of regional practices and heritage as part of a process of commodification and objectification of culture. These new baths are neither simply tradition nor heritage nor cultural remnants that are being revived. They have elements of all these but they are something new. They are complex combinations of selected elements of multiple traditions for new purposes and new set of consumers. Thus they exist uneasily on the cusp of multiple intersecting forces: a global spa industry, new forms of leisure, tourism, and neo-liberal practices of consumption and care of the body.

Dr. Burnet delivered keynote address at recent conference in Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Burnet presented at Rwanda Revisited: International Aftermath Conference 2014.

Professor Burnet recently returned from Melbourne, Australia where she participated in the Rwanda Revisited: International Aftermath Conference 2014 organized by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization at Monash University. The conference brought together thirteen scholars from around to the world, all of whom have focused on the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in their research. Professor Burnet stepped in to deliver the public keynote address, "Women and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Post-genocide Rwanda," when the original speaker was delayed due to travel disruptions. Dr. Burnet also delivered a paper, "Acts of Heroism at the Epicenter of Genocide: Rescuers during the 1994 Genocide in Gisenyi, Rwanda," drawing on data collected during her recent sabbatical leave.

Highlights from the conference and information about Dr. Burnet's involvement may be found at and

Welcome Back Pizza Party for Anthropology Students is Tuesday, September 9 @ 12:15 pm

Tuesday, September 9 at 12:15

Please join fellow U of L Department of Anthropology students and faculty for conversation and free pizza on Tuesday, September 9 at 12:15 PM in the Department of Anthropology Lobby (Lutz Hall).

For further information please email Shelia Day.

Recent Anthropology Graduate screens student documentary "New Kentucky Home" on October 29th.

Join fellow anthropology students for pizza and a film by recent graduate.
Recent Anthropology Graduate screens student documentary "New Kentucky Home" on October 29th.

New Kentucky Home Poster

New Kentucky Home, by Elijah McKenzie (Spring 2014), reports on the lives of refugees in Louisville and features Dr. Julie Peteet. The film, already an official selection of two film festivals, will be screened at Lutz Hall, Room 232 on Wednesday, October 29th at 12:00 p.m.

Please come out and support a recent graduate of the Department of Anthropology!

Anthropology Major Sara Deurell Reflects on Recent Field School

Sara spent part of summer in Spain at an archaeological field school.

From the desk of Ms. Duerell:

This summer, through ArchaeoSpain, I attended the University of Valladolid's archaeological field school at Pintia.  The site is an Iron Age Celtic settlement, and excavation is currently focused on Las Ruedas Necropolis, used during  Vaccean (Celtic), Roman, and Visigothic occupations of the area.  We excavated two units, each of us spending some time digging and some time screening for artifacts.  In addition to pottery sherds and faunal remains, we found small pieces of cremated human remains, metal objects (brooches, pieces of weapons or belts, etc.), and canicas (decorated ceramic marbles, also traditionally buried in Vaccean graves).  During the final week, we uncovered a collection of intact vessels, including a funerary urn.  Even with only three weeks of fieldwork, we put in 150 excavation hours, not including the seminars on Vaccean culture, osteology, artifact processing and repair, archaeological drawing, and stratigraphy.  On our days off, we went on excursions to see, for example, the castle at Piñafiel, the Vaccean exhibit in Palencia, and the University of Vallodalid's rare and antique book library, as well as part of the university's anatomical collections.  We went canoeing one afternoon through a gorgeous canyon with cliffs full of birds' nests.  On our last full day, we visited an excavated Roman villa, as well as Altamira and Monte del Castillo, two caves containing 18,000-year-old paintings.

I couldn't have asked for a better field school experience, and I'm grateful to all the people who shared that experience with me--my hard-working fellow students and the always-informative Pintia staff, the staff of ArchaeoSpain and the University of Valladolid, and the kind and hospitable people of Padilla de Duero--as well as the people who made it possible for me to go:  the University of Louisville Department of Anthropology and the Etscorn International Summer Research Awards Committee.

Seniors, have you started to think about graduation or what comes after? New course to aid in job and grad school search

Enroll in ANTH 400 Anthropology Career Launch course for Fall 2014.

The anthropology department is offering a course to help you prepare for the future: ANTH 400 Anthropology Career Launch (1 credit hour), Wednesdays, 12-12:50pm, Lutz 232.

ANTH 400: Career Launcher

This one-credit course is a practicum intended to help anthropology majors articulate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their undergraduate degree programs to potential employers and/or graduate programs. Some of the topics to be covered include: (1) looking for a job, (2) writing a resume or CV, (3) writing a cover letter or statement of purpose, and (4) developing a professional online presence. The course will also familiarize students with campus resources to assist in them in their job search and careers.

About the professor:

Gabriela Stocks is a new visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She recently received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida. In addition to serving as a teacher and researcher in a university setting, Dr. Stocks has also worked in the non-profit sector, as a consultant on international conservation projects, as a program coordinator and professor for a Costa Rican study abroad program in environmental law, and as an independent contractor for the US government. Her range of professional experiences will demonstrate to students how the skills acquired through a degree in anthropology can be applicable in a wide variety of professional settings.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gabriela Stocks.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries seeking volunteers to help welcome new families to Louisville

Volunteer with KRM in several rewarding positions.

Welcoming our newest international neighbors can be as simple as purchasing food, setting-up an apartment and/or meeting a family at the airport.   KRM is in need of volunteers to help with these basic practices of hospitality.   Each Friday we will send out an email to those interested, listing the arrivals and apartment set-ups for the next week, simply reply that you are available and we will send you the more information and instructions. Sometimes, KRM receives arrival information with less than a week notice, and so we thank you in advance for your flexibility and responsiveness!

Please reply to this email or contact Allyson Ferry to volunteer ( or visit

Dr. Fabian Crespo will talk at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at UofL

Dr. Crespo to discuss current developments in infectious disease studies.

On Wednesday, July 16th at 11.00am (SPHIS, room 103), Fabian Crespo will present and discuss his research agenda in the Seminar Series organized by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (School of Public Health & Information Sciences) at the University of Louisville. The presentation is entitled: "Epidemics, cells, and bones: reconstructing the impact of infectious diseases on the immune system in human populations".

Have you done an internship? Participated in Service Learning? Reflect upon those experiences.

2014 Kentucky Engagement Conference Call for Proposals

This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, November 19 at Morehead State University in the Adron Doran University Center. Please mark your calendar and save the date. The conference theme is Productive Partnerships through Stewardship and Engagement. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether it is for a poster or presentation. Please also indicate whether your intended audience is students, faculty/staff, and/or community partners. Those interested in attending or presenting at the conference should contact their UofL representative, Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement at 852-6026.

For more information visit

Undergrauate Jacob White reflects on his experience at recent AAPA conference

Jacob presented at 83rd annual American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference.
Undergrauate Jacob White reflects on his experience at recent AAPA conference

Jacob with Dr. Andrew Wilson from University of Bradford (UK) talked about common research interests.

Early this year, Anthropology major Jacob White presented his research at the 83rd annual American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference in Calgary, Alberta.  Jacob shares his experiences below.

I attended the 83rd annual American Association of Physical Anthropology conference in Calgary, Alberta Canada. I presented a poster on the research I’ve conducted with Dr. Fabian Crespo during the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9, 2014. My project is revisiting the cross immunity hypothesis between the pathogenic agents that cause tuberculosis and leprosy by developing in vitro protocols. Cross immunity between these diseases was originally suggested as an attempt to explain why endemic leprosy decreased as the frequency of tuberculosis increased during Medieval Europe. In the lab, we measure cells’ cytokine production when they are exposed to tuberculosis or leprosy lysates to monitor any potential shift in the immune response when the cells are exposed to both tuberculosis and leprosy at sequential times. Our preliminary data show there may be some immunological shift when exposed to both tuberculosis and leprosy, however we are advocating for more social factors that may have mimicked cross immunity, for example if people with leprosy were shunned in society then it would not be able to spread. The aim of the project is to collaborate with archaeologists working in paleopathology to link experimental immunology with the lesions that diseases leave on the bio-archaeological record. At the conference I met many well-recognized paleopathologists, such as Dr. Charlotte Roberts and Dr. Sharon Dewitte, who we will be collaborating with in the future.

Anthropology major, Logan Ernst's experience at recent SAA conference

Logan describes his research and experience at the SAA conference in Austin this spring.

Logan Ernst recently presented his research at the SAA conference in Austin, Texas this spring.  Below is a brief synopsis of his experiences.

My first impression of the SAA conference was very overwhelming, so many archaeologists presenting a broad range of diverse research with hundreds of posters, sessions and exhibits. However after attending a few sessions and observing discussions I found it all very exciting, researchers coming together to share experiences, network and to discuss ways to better the foundations of archaeology as scientific discipline. My favorite session was about research based on an applied archaeological approach for understanding the impact of global environmental change and for addressing the fundamental challenges of future human global sustainability.

Archaeology provides the long-term perspective on human environmental relationships and provides a historical context for sustainability.  The goal of this session was to discuss how archaeologists in organizations like IHOPE (Integrated History of People of Earth) and GHEA (Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance) could apply their research in a way that helps direct public policy (local, national and global) towards a global sustainable future. This session was very inspirational and enlightened some of my own interests as a researcher.

Overall the conference was a success, and the archaeological experiences that were shared were very informative to my own research purposes, giving me perspective and thought for growth. I was able to network with local and national archaeologists that helped answer questions and provided insight for my own future goals. Presenting my research at a national archaeology conference was a profoundly awesome experience that gave me confidence in my skills and abilities as a young researcher. These experiences were made possible with the support from the University of Louisville Dept. of Anthropology and Associate Professor Dr. Jonathan A. Haws.

Logan's Research Abstract:

Charcoal analysis allows archaeologists to identify the woody resources that were available, selected for and utilized by ancient humans over time. Archaeological charcoal recovered at Praia Rei Cortico, a Middle Paleolithic site dated to 100,000 BP, provides information concerning the human selection of P. Sylvestris L. in the Estremadura Portugal. The site is located at the edge of a peat deposit that records a five-part pollen sequence of vegetation change during the Last Interglacial. Throughout the pollen sequence, arboreal and shrubby species fluctuate but pine, oak, birch, hazel and ericaceae are the main woody types. The archaeological charcoal assemblage derives from dispersed pieces recovered from across the site and two distinct clusters likely remnants of hearths. Two species (Pinus Sylvestris L. and Myrtus Communis L.) have been identified consistently within different areas and levels of Praia Rei Cortico. The results suggest a targeted selection of wood for fuel despite the availability of a broader range of woody shrubs and trees.