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 308 from 2:30-4pm. Please note the time 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.
James Peacock has been selected to receive the 2014 George Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The Johnson Award is given once every two years to recognize the exceptional contributions to UNC made by an IAH Fellow over the course of an entire career.
Peter Redfield was recently consulted by Marketplace, the national business and news radio program, about the changing actors in international public health. View the article and listen to the interview here.
Bill Westermeyer, a Department of Anthropology graduate student whose research focuses on American politics and social movements, has been selected for a one-year teaching position at High Point University.