Students can choose to focus their studies on archaeology. We provide many opportunities inside and outside the classroom for students to engage in archaeology.
Faculty and Student Spotlight
Our faculty and students are involved in a number of professional organizations and research projects.
Visiting Anthropologist Series
Each semester an anthropological text or selection of articles written by an accomplished anthropologist in one of the sub-fields is selected and that person is invited to spend two to three days on campus. The scholar goes to our ANTH101 (Introduction to Anthropology) sections and talks about his or her research, which all the students have read and studied. Majors, minors, and students enrolled in courses visited by the seaker have an opportunity to go to lunch with our visitors. The culmination of the event is a public lecture.
Our Spring 2013 Speaker will be:
Daniel Everett (Bentley U) 2008 Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle. New York:Vintage Books.
Our Past Visiting Anthropologists include:
2007 (fall) Edith Turner: Experiencing Ritual.
2008 (spring) Susan Phillips: Wallbangin’: Graffiti and Gangs in L.A.
2009 (spring) Trenna Solomon Valado: No Place to Exist. PhD dissertation, University of Arizona.
2009 (fall) Merrill Singer: The Face of Social Suffering. Waveland Press.
2010 (spring) Merrill Singer (U Conn): The Face of Social Suffering. Waveland Press.
2011 (spring) Helen Regis (LSU): 2002. Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam and Medicine in Northern Cameroon. Boulder: Westview Press. Public lecture “Public Anthropology at Work: Sustaining Collaborative Partnerships in New Orleans after Katrina”
2011 (fall) Judith Knight (Smithsonian Inst. Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology): “Men are Like Fish, they move…” Shifting Perspectives on Central African hunter gatherers through the Forest Peoples of Gabon.
2012 (spring) Seth Mallios (U Cal San Diego), "'Born a Slave, Died a Pioneer': San Diego's Nate Harrison and the Archaeology of Legend".
2012 (fall) Kit Wesler (Murray State U), 2001 Excavations at Wickliffe Mounds, The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.
Distinguished Scholar Series
The Distinguished Scholar Program brings anthropologists from the four-subfields with a research agenda that stresses methodology and theory. Students in our Anthropological Research Methods, Anthropological Toolkit, and Anthropological Theory courses have a chance to read and engage with the researcher in the classroom. All majors, minors, and students enrolled in Anthropology courses all have an opportunity to go to lunch with our guests. In addition to classroom visits, a Public Lecture is given.
Our Spring 2013 speaker will be Helen Rountree (Old Dominion University).
Our Past Distinguished Scholars include:
Spring 2007 – Michael Paolisso, UMCP
Fall 2007 – Theresa Singleton, Syracuse University
Spring 2008 – Alaka Wali, Chicago Field Museum
Fall 2008 – Michael Blakey, College of William and Mary
Spring 2009 – Jeffrey Johnson, East Carolina U
Fall 2009 – James Adovasio, Mercyhurst College
Spring 2010 – Russel Bernard, U of Florida
Fall 2010 – Audrey Horning, University of Leicester
Spring 2011 – Christopher Stevenson, VCU
Fall 2011 – Mark Hauser, Northwestern U
Spring 2012 – Barbara Rose Johnston, Center for Political Ecology
Fall 2012 – Tom Crist, Utica College