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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.

Lambda Alpha Membership Deadline for New Members is Sept. 23rd at 5pm

Lambda Alpha (the Anthropology Honor Society) at the University of Louisville is currently accepting new members. To be eligible, students must have:
● completed at least 12 credit hours in anthropology,
● have an anthropology GPA of 3.0 or above, and
● have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
To join this semester, you must submit your membership card and application fee no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 5:00 pm.
If you meet the membership requirements and would like to join, please see Paula Huffman, Lutz Hall 230.

Hick's Travel Award Applications for 2015-2016 Now Available

Deadline: Monday, October 26th, 2015

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:



Society For Applied Anthropology Now Accepting Abstracts

The SFAAs are now accepting abstracts for the 2016 meetings. Information on requirements, deadlines, and the link for abstract submission can be found here. Information on student awards may be found here and through this link.

Ethnographic Field School in Belize June 2016

Ethnographic Field School in Belize June 2016

The Center for Applied Anthropology (CfAA, http://cfaa.nku.edu) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU, http://nku.edu) organizes an annual ethnographic field school in Belize directed by Douglas Hume (Associate Professor of Anthropology) every June in collaboration with the NKU International Education Center - Office of Education Abroad and Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA, http://ccsa.cc/). The following information is for the June 2016 Ethnographic Field School in Belize:

  • Location: Orange Walk District, Belize
  • Dates: Departing May 31 and returning June 28 2016 (30 days/ 29 nights)
  • Price: T.B.A. (includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, breakfast, dinner, and excursions)
  • Tuition: Waived for NKU students. For CCSA consortium students, check with your campus study abroad office. For non-CCSA consortium students, please contact the CCSA.
  • Priority Deadline: mid-February 2016 ($100 reduction in the program price by means of a reducing the application fee to $150)
  • Application Deadline: late February 2016 (regular application fee of $250)
  • Credit: 3 hours (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Sample Syllabus: ANT 365 and 565 2016 Syllabus Draft (http://goo.gl/lheZnl)
  • Sample Schedule: ANT 365 and 565 2016 Schedule Draft (http://goo.gl/q10YuU)
  • Sample Packing List: ANT 365 and 565 2016 Packing List Draft (http://goo.gl/CG5Orr)


Course Description
This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain valuable research skills (e.g., ethnographic interviewing and qualitative data analysis) to apply anthropology in their future careers (e.g., applied anthropology or other social/behavioral discipline), an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided applied ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, field note writing and coding, ethnographic and life history interviewing, ethnolinguistic data collection, community mapping, rapid assessment procedures, qualitative data analysis, and other ethnographic methods in addition to basic ethnographic writing.

This program will contribute to the education of students by training them in ethnographic methods and by exposing them to a non-western culture. Students are expected to gain skills that may be used in applying anthropology or other socio-behavioral sciences in their future careers, gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. Field experiences such as this project can also improve the likelihood that students will be admitted to graduate school.
This course is being taught as a 300 (upper-undergraduate) and 500 (graduate) level course in anthropology with a maximum of 12 students. Students will earn three credit hours for participation in the ethnographic field school. This course will not fulfill NKU’s general education requirements, but may be applied to NKU’s anthropology major or minor requirements. Students should check with their own institution for what, if any, requirements this course fulfills.

Each spring, students will be encouraged to present our findings in a scholarly panel at the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky Annual Meeting. NKU students will be encouraged to present their findings at NKU's spring Celebration of Student Research and Creativity. Students who wish to learn additional ethnographic analysis methods or prepare a short ethnography for publication may arrange independent studies with the director, Douglas Hume.

Community-based Research Project
The ethnographic field school, as part of the CfAA, is partnering with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) in Orange Walk Town, Belize. Among other things, our partner is interested in our contribution in understanding the household economy and agricultural knowledge of sugar cane farmers in the Orange Walk District village communities. SIRDI will use our results and recommendations to develop and conduct workshops for farmers on agricultural techniques, economics, health, and other community development topics.

Program Excursions
In addition to conducting community-based research, we plan to visit the Belize Zoo, Banquitas House of Culture, Cuello's Distillery, Lamanai Maya Ruins (via boat on the New River), Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve (Cave Tubing), and the Tower Hill (Sugar Cane) Factory. Locations are subject to change and may be canceled due to weather or other factors beyond our control.

The price above includes round-trip transportation from designated cities, airport transfers, accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, program excursions, and health insurance. Tuition is waived for NKU students. For CCSA consortium students, check with your campus study abroad office. For non-CCSA consortium students, please contact the CCSA.
A minimum of $200.00 should be budgeted for beverages, lunches, and snacks beyond the daily breakfasts and dinners included in the program price. Additionally, approximately $100.00 should be budgeted for required course materials. Participants should also budget additional funds for personal expenses such as souvenirs, based upon their individual spending habits.
All prices are subject to change in the event of unanticipated increases in airfares, monetary exchange rates or other changes in program costs.
Students are required to bring a laptop computer with them that is WiFi capable.


How can this course count towards major requirements at other universities?
This course is an ethnographic methods course and can count towards major requirements in anthropology, sociology, and other social/behavioral sciences. The official course description reads as follows:

  • Cross-cultural field training in ethnographic field methods, qualitative data analysis, and ethnographic report-writing.
  • After successful completion of this course, students will have:
  • developed a basic understanding of Belizean culture,
  • formulated an understanding of ethical and validity issues in ethnographic research,
  • practiced skills in research design and ethnographic methods of data collection,
  • applied basic ethnographic research methods in a non-western culture,
  • engaged in a community-based research project, and
  • analyzed ethnographic data resulting in an ethnographic monograph.

For more information, please see the ANT 365 and 565 2016 Syllabus Draft (http://goo.gl/lheZnl) and ANT 365 and 565 2016 Schedule Draft (http://goo.gl/q10YuU).


How have students used this field experience to further their educational and career goals?
Students who have taken part in this field school have directly used this experience to:

  • contribute as an author with other students from the field school in a report that is given to community partners in Belize and published on the Center for Applied Anthropology web site,
  • orally present research findings with other students from the field school at the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky Annual Meetings,
  • present a poster with other students from the field school at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research at Northern Kentucky University, and
  • co-author a publication in a peer-reviewed journal with the field director (Dr. Douglas Hume).
  • Students who have taken part in this field school have indirectly used this experience to:
  • bolster their application to graduate school,
  • as a study abroad and service component of their resume, and
  • as evidence of the ability to do field research abroad for other anthropological and archaeological field research opportunities.



More Information
Our web site (http://cfaa.nku.edu/ethnographic-field-school/) contains the following information:
Advising Information, Field School Benefits, Funding Opportunities, Photo Album, Movie Album, and Student Recommendations!

For more information about the ethnographic field school in Belize see the links below.
NKU International Education Center - Office of Education Abroad (http://goo.gl/94n4fo)
Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (https://ccsa.studioabroad.com/)
Ethnographic Field School in Belize Facebook Group (http://goo.gl/32KjCn)

Debt Relief Expert to Speak to Students and Alumni at UofL

Isaac Bowers from Equal Justice Works will speak with students, alumni and anyone else interested about student loan debt relief. Bowers is the director for Law School Engagement & Advocacy for the Washington, D.C.-based organization.

The event will take place Tuesday, September 22nd, in Room 275 at the Law School, from 12:15PM-1:15PM.

Please contact Jina Scinta via email or at (502) 852-5647, for additional information or questions.

Farmers Rock Event Sept. 24th

Farmers Rock Event Sept. 24th

This will be a great event celebrating local farmers. Prof. Wiche from the Anthropology Department will be selling her food at the event as well.

Department Pizza Party for Anthropology Majors and Minors is tomorrow, 9/10/15

See the flyer below for all the details! Free Pizza!

Solidarity Study Abroad in Cuba or Mexico

See information on flier below for all details:


Short-term Study Abroad in Northern Ireland May, 2016


If you are an undergraduate student interested in an A&S Short-Term Study Abroad 2016 Summer Term I course with travel to Northern Ireland (May 2016 departure) and Peace Psychology, intergroup contact, conflict resolution, and transitional justice, Dr. Melinda Leonard, Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, will be holding a pre-application meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 from 12:20-12:50 in LF135.  You can arrive late and leave early if needed.  Dr. Leonard will be accepting 12 students for the May 2016 ISL&RP: Northern Ireland (see attached flyer).  If you are interested in this A&S short-term travel abroad course, please contact Dr. Leonard ASAP at melinda.leonard@louisville.edu .  If you are interested in applying, interviews will be conducted during the month of September and applications will be due on October 1, 2015.  A final decision will be made by October 20 so that those accepted will have time to enroll in PSYC404: Intergroup Contact and Conflict Resolution during the spring term.  If you are not able to attend the meeting and are still interested in applying, please email Dr. Leonard ASAP.

If you have not already completed the attached Student Information Form and plan to apply, please be sure to complete and email this form to Dr. Leonard before the meeting.  Dr. Leonard will be using this form to contact each of you for a personal interview prior to the application deadline of October 1.  Dr. Leonard plan to have all interviews completed by the end of September.

Although this posting may seem a bit premature since international departure is not until May 2016, preplanning is critical.  If you are interested in this international travel and service learning/research opportunity and if you haven’t already completed the following prerequisites, please plan to register for and complete these prerequisites during the upcoming fall 2015 semester (i.e., PSYC301 or approved/equivalent department statistics course) and spring 2016 semester (i.e., PSYC302 or approved/equivalent department research methods course) or Faculty Director approval before the 2016 international departure.

Based on the pedagogical model of learning-through-doing, 8-12 students will gain practical service-learning/research experience working directly with on a faculty member’s on-going research project.  Students will develop knowledge of the impact that intergroup contact has in assisting conflict resolution, behavioral and mental health, and multicultural psychology.

(1) Application is open to students planning to major or minor in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Justice Administration, Religious Studies, and those participating in the University Honors or Individualized Studies program.
(2) Prerequisites include: Cumulative and Major GPA of 3.0, PSYC201, PSYC301 (or approved/equivalent department statistics course), and PSYC302 (or approved/equivalent department research methods course) or Faculty Director approval.    These prerequisite courses must be completed prior to our international departure in May 2016.
(3) Application deadline will be 10/01/15 (along with $100 deposit) with the final selection decision announced by 10/20/15.  If not selected, the $100 deposit will be refunded.
(4) An informal interview with the Faculty Director is required prior to selection in September 2015.
(5) Those selected will be required to complete PSYC404: Intergroup Contact & Conflict Resolution (1- credit hour) during the spring 2016 semester.
(6) Selected students must register and will earn 6 credit hours for PSYC408 (2016 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.
(7) 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.

Dr. Leonard would like to emphasize how critical it is to complete the prerequisites, specifically PSYC301 (or approved/equivalent department statistics course) and 302 (or approved/equivalent department research methods course), during the upcoming fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, if you have not already.


Additional information may be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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