Throughout that busy semester, Heidi Dennison, Jake Farley, Samantha Harvey, Alexis Kastigar, Hannah Smith, and Jocelyn Taylor had an in-depth, “behind the scenes” experience learning how to host an academic conference. In addition to conference planning, five students organized their own paper session and presented their individual research projects. The sixth student created a multi-media ethnographic storytelling project, which you can learn more about in a separate film. They were all, in fact, completely involved in the conference as both planners and participants. This film serves as lasting documentation of their work as well as both a retrospective “report” on their experience in the internship and prospective reflection on where they plan to go from here. It is not only a story of Huntington but also a narrative of six students reinventing and reinvesting in their local.
Come meet the three most recent MU DoSA book authors: Drs. Conley, Fondren, and Hoey on campus Saturday, April 30th before the Green and White Game at the Marshall University Bookstore (Memorial Student Center) in Huntington, West Virginia. Download the POSTER.
The Marshall University Archaeological Field School returns this summer!
Archaeology, the science of reconstructing and understanding past and present cultures from their material remains, is taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University, in the classroom, in the laboratory, and also in the field. Hands-on instruction is strongly encouraged. The department provides the opportunity for students to learn the basic techniques of surveying, excavation and recording, to experience the thrill of discovery, by offering an annual archaeological field school, a three to six credit course (ANT 323), during Summer Session 5. This kind of practical experience is a big asset for those who wish to continue in archaeology as a career.
This year’s field school flyer is available here.
The Works in Progress Series is back! Check out the WIP page for more information and see below.
Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington
“Invisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington” brought prostitution in Huntington to light during a panel discussion Wednesday night on campus. Panelist Maggie Stone, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, opened the discussion with an overview of prostitution, explaining some of the lesser-known facts. Stone said one the goals of the panel was to debunk myths of prostitution. Stone then cited some facts that were likely contrary to what most people think of when they think of prostitution. Stone said the median age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 12 to 14 years old. Other panelists included victim advocate at CONTACT Rape Crisis Center, Liz Deal, Judge Patricia Keller with the Cabell-Huntington WEAR Program, Sgt. Ernie Blackburn of the Huntington Police Department and nurse practitioner Heather Wood of Cabell Huntington Health Department. Read the rest of this report here.
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Taylor Poling of The Parthenon at Marshall University does great on Brian Hoey’s commitment to anthropology, the Marshall-Huntington community, and preparations for a conference to showcase this commitment in April 2016.
A SHOWCASE OF THE MARSHALL UNIVERSITY ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
BIRKE ART GALLERY in SMITH HALL
November 9 to December 4, 2015
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday, November 13, 2015
5:00 pm TO 7:00 pm
The Marshall University Ethnographic Collection includes more than 450 objects from all over the world, from the barren tundra of the Arctic Circle to the hot sands of the Kalahari desert of southern Africa, from the coral atolls of the Pacific to the rainforests of the Amazon. The artifacts include everything from toys to weapons, from ritual and sacred pieces to items of daily wear.
The collection dates from 1997 when the Sunrise Museum, in Charleston, West Virginia, offered Marshall University a portion of its ethnographic inventory, prior to its move into the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. More artifacts have been added by private donors since.
Humans are manufacturers, in part what defines our species. The things we make are tools for survival, weapons for protection, toys to entertain and teach our young, ritual objects to communicate with supernatural forces, material signs to reflect our social status in the community, and numerous other items just for personal display, pride in the craftsmanship and beauty. All these activities are on display in this exhibit.
This exhibit aims to showcase a few choice pieces that reflect our common human experience in a diversity of areas, from childhood to old age. Each object on display is a small window into a culture, from the raw materials used to the final product, a glimpse at our great human diversity. Different peoples in different worlds, with different traditions, responding to the same universal human needs.
One room in which to travel the world and observe the ingenuity of our human community.
See We Are … Marshall Newsletter announcement
Dr. Kristi Fondren’s new book (Rutgers U Press, 2015) featured in a Boston Globe article.
The Southern Anthropological Society’s 51st Annual Meeting will be held in Huntington, West Virginia on April 07-09, 2016. The Call for Proposals is out with a wide welcome to everyone who wishes to speak to the conference theme of “Reinventing and Reinvesting in the Local for Our Common Good.” Download a poster for SAS 2016.
For more information and to register (when available) please visit the SAS Annual Meeting website.