Statement of Solidarity
March 1, 2015
Dear Carolina Community,
We, the undersigned, are faculty in the Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill who would like to voice our strong support for the efforts of the Real Silent Sam Coalition. This growing movement seeks to confront the racist histories of the memorials commemorating white supremacy on campus. We believe it is morally reprehensible that racist monuments and building names are currently taken for granted as an acceptable part of the infrastructure. Specifically we support the Coalition’s demands to mark the statue of Silent Sam with a plaque explaining how it commemorates a history of white supremacy; to provide all incoming first-year students with educational material addressing the history of racialized violence on campus; and to rename Saunders Hall. As members of the academic discipline of Anthropology, which has a long and complex history of ignoring, justifying, and challenging white privilege, we feel particularly committed to these efforts.
These efforts to address both ongoing and memorialized racial violence on campus give UNC-Chapel Hill an opportunity to lead the South, and universities across the nation, in the battle to shift how racial inequality is silently commemorated on college campuses and in public spaces. This movement, and the important discussions it is generating, is vital to creating a diverse and safe community here at Chapel Hill and in the academy at large.
- Florence Babb, Harrington Distinguished Professor
- Jocelyn Chua, Assistant Professor
- Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Chair and Professor
- Jean Dennison, Assistant Professor
- Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor
- Glenn Hinson, Associate Professor
- Towns Middleton, Assistant Professor
- Christopher Nelson, Associate Professor
- Michele Rivkin-Fish, Associate Professor
- Margaret Wiener, Associate Professor
Diana Gomez Correal will be presenting and discussing Weaving Another Way: Feminism, Epistemology and Decolonial Projects in Abya Yala on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 from 3:45 – 5:15 PM. Diana, a PhD candidate in the Anthropology department, co-edited the book with Yuderkys Espinosa and Karin Ochoa for the Latin American Political Imaginaries Working Group. The event will be held in Room 1009 of the FedEx Global Education Center.
Diana was also featured by UNC Global for her work as a Royster Society Fellow highlighting the social and cultural climate of her home country, Colombia.
The Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 C. Felix Harvey Award for Institutional Priorities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The honor comes with a $50,000 cash award that RLA (led by Dr. Vincas Steponaitis) will use to create a virtual museum. The interactive website will feature exhibits that detail the history of the state of North Carolina and its people. For more information, please visit the announcement found here.
Professor Steven Salaita, Palestinian American author and scholar, will be speaking at UNC-CH about academic freedom, uncivil speech and uncivil acts, and censorship. The event will be held on Thursday, February 5th at 7:30 PM in the University Room of Hyde Hall.
The Anthropology Colloquium Committee is very excited to announce our Colloquia for the Spring 2015 semester. There may be some additional sessions scheduled in the future. Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia will take place in Alumni Hall 205 from 2:30-4pm. Please note the time and location change from our Fall 2014 events. We look forward to many great presentations and discussions.
Feb 2: Sasha Newell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University. “The Collective Spirit: American Storage and the Sociality of Things”
Feb 16: Juliane Müller, Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Munich (LMU) Visiting Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH. “Locating Distribution Chains in South America: Free Trade Zones, Commercial Clusters, and Bolivian Traders in Consumer Electronics”
March 2: John Millhauser, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, NC State University. “Living Off the Grid: Agriculture and Environmental Inequality at the Core of the Aztec Empire”
April 13 (3:35 PM): Steve Corbett, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UNC-CH. “Health Determinants in a Native American Community”
It is with great sadness that the Department of Anthropology announces the passing of Bill Lachicotte. Bill was a much beloved teacher, mentor, and brilliant thinker. He lost his battle with leukemia on December 3, 2014. An online memory book has been created in his honor and we encourage people to visit and post. His warmth and friendship has left the department with many fond memories and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Dale Hutchinson is among six UNC Chapel Hill scientists (and eight anthropologists nationally) who have been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. This honor is bestowed upon association members by their peers in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Prof. Hutchinson was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the study of ancient disease and health, especially in understanding pathogen-host interactions from human remains from archaeological contexts.
Peter Redfield has been invited to be a member of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the therapeutic clinical trial: “Efficacy of favipiravir in reducing mortality in adults at early stage of Eboal virus Disease in Guinea: a phase IIb Trial”, for which the French health agency Inserm is the sponsor.
Also, the media continue to consult with Peter in relation to MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and Ebola:
Ebola: Doctors Without Borders Shows How to Manage a Plague
Kelly Houck, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has received a NESCent Graduate Fellowship in Evolutionary Medicine from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center for the Spring 2015 semester.
Anthropology graduate student Cassandra Hartblay‘s work was published in a summer issue of The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (8.2, 225–230). “Comment from the Field” is about a conference on decolonizing disability studies that was held last fall in Prague. Cassandra’s attendance at this conference was supported by a travel grant from the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC Chapel Hill and by the conference organizers.
Additionally, Cassandra was featured in the Membership Spotlight section of the Association for Slavic and East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) website. Click here to read about her path and research interests.