Excavation at UNC President’s House

24750_0822_presidents_house_griffin068fBrett Riggs, Anna Agbe-Davies, Vin Steponaitis and others from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology have been involved in a high-profile, rapid response excavation at UNC System President Tom Ross’s house. Among the media coverage are the following reports:


2014 – 2015 Anthropology Colloquium Schedule

The Anthropology Colloquium Committee is very excited to announce our Colloquia for the 2014-2015 academic year. There may be some additional sessions scheduled in the future.  Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia will take place in Alumni Hall 308 from 3:30-5pm. We look forward to many great presentations and discussions.

Sept 8: Lee Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University

Sept 12: (Saunders Hall 220) Tony Fry Professor of Design, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (co-sponsored with Geography)

Oct 6: Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Nov 3: Margie Scarry, Professor of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Dec 1: Ann Grodzins Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University (co-sponsored with Religious Studies and Art History)

Jan 12: Juliane Müller, Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Munich (LMU) Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH

Feb 2: Sasha Newell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University

March 2: John Millhauser, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University

April 6: Steve Corbett, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH

South African Media Takes Notice of Silvia Tomášková’s Work

53e3c6c068480b58891c788dSouth African media took notice of Silvia Tomášková’s research involving 3d Imaging and rock art, leading to a couple of reports on South African National TV (SABC) and in the Afrikaans national newspaper (Volksblad) on site at Wildebeest Kuil, Northern Cape.  She also received an invitation to give a public talk on “Computer Assisted Archaeology” as a part of National Science Week at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

Carolina Seminar Award


Jocelyn Chua, Peter Redfield, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Barry Saunders (of the Department of Social Medicine) have been awarded a Carolina Seminar on Moral Economies of Medicine for three academic years beginning in the Fall of 2014.  For each academic year, they will receive a budget of $3000 for use in the seminar.  Carolina Seminars are created to foster intellectual exchange at UNC and across North Carolina.

MEM Working Group announces upcoming talks by Andrew Lakoff and Julie Livingston

The Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group with support from the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce upcoming talks by Dr. Andrew Lakoff and Dr. Julie Livingston.

Andrew Lakoff: “The Risks of Preparedness: Mutant Bird Flu and the Politics of Global Public Health” (March 21, Alumni 308)

Lakoff_March 21 FlierTalk abstract: What kind of problem does an experimental virus pose for the public? The answer depends in part on which public one has in mind. During the controversy that began in late 2011 over the laboratory creation of a mutant strain of H5N1 avian influenza, at least three different publics were conjured. First, there was a vulnerable public, whose health was to be protected against a deadly pandemic through risk mitigation and preparedness measures. Second, there was a threatening public: here the problem was to restrict access to potentially dangerous knowledge about the virus to those who would use it for legitimate scientific purposes. And third, there appeared an ignorant public whose unfounded fears threatened to stifle scientific advance: this public needed to be informed of the benefits of what might at first glance appear to be frightening research. What was at stake in the invocation of these various publics in the mutant bird flu affair? This talk suggests that, rather than a conflict between scientific authorities and a fearful public, or between open inquiry and the demands of security, the controversy should be understood as a conflict among experts over different conceptualizations of an uncertain situation. As the controversy unfolded, a fracture appeared in the existing alliance between life scientists and global public health authorities around the uncertain threat of avian influenza.
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Osteology in the Carolinas

Osteology in the Carolinas


Spring Meeting February 8, 2014
Hyde Hall, UNC Chapel Hill Campus
Conversation 9-10 AM
Presentations 10-12AM; 1:30-4 PM
Open to anyone

A gathering focused on the analysis and interpretation of human skeletal remains from contexts pertinent to bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and paleoanthropology.

Grateful thanks are extended for funding for the spring meeting by the Department of Anthropology (UNC & Appalachian State University), Institute for Arts and Humanities, and Research Laboratories of Archaeology.

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Embracing the Zombie Apocalypse with Open Arms: Strategies for Pedagogy and Learning in the 21st Century

The Anthropology Colloquium Series invites you to join us Monday, Feb 3rd at 3:30pm in Wilson Library Pleasants Room (please note the change of location) for a talk by Dr. Jeff Mantz, NSF Cultural Anthropology Program Director.

The title of his talk is, “Embracing the Zombie Apocalypse with Open Arms: Strategies for Pedagogy and Learning in the 21st Century”

Refreshments will be served before the talk at 3:15pm.

Dr. Jeff Mantz is currently the Program Director for Cultural Anthropology at the National Science Foundation. He is also an assistant professor in the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. Mantz recently received the GMU Teaching Excellence Award for his large lecture class, “Zombies.” He has researched the political economy of the coltan trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Free Trade policies in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. His PhD is from the University of Chicago.