INFO > How To Think Like An Anthropologist—And Why You Should Want To

Just in time for Anthropology Day!  Check out this article on NPRs website titled “’How To Think Like An Anthropologist’ — And Why You Should Want To”

Of course, we know why you should want to think like an anthropologist already, but here is another way of suggesting the obvious to others.  The article is a review of Matthew Engelke’s new book “How to Think Like an Anthropologist.”  Engelke is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

>EVENT: World Anthropology Day Celebration

The Marshall University Anthropology Club, together with the American Anthropological Association, is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists around the world through Anthropology Day on 15 February 2018 in the Memorial Student Center from 11 am to 5 pm. Anthropology Day is a day for everyone to celebrate and participate in this extraordinarily holistic discipline. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve for the greater good. There will be fun activities, baked goods, and plenty of ways to learn more about ways that you can be an anthropologist too!

Photos from the 2018 event at Marshall University follow the AAA poster below.

ALUMNI > Ennis Barbery Smith (ANT) – Heritage Preservation & Tourism

Ennis Barbery Smith (BA Anthropology, 2011 from Marshall U) is working as an administrator with Maryland Heritage Areas Program to promote economic development through heritage tourism.  Smith helps museums, parks, and other cultural institutions in Maryland get funding for their heritage tourism projects. As an applied cultural anthropologist, she has longstanding interests in heritage tourism, indigenous cultural landscapes, museums, and program evaluation. Previously, she has served as Assistant Director of the Greenbelt Museum (Maryland) between August 2016 and July 2017.  She also served as Executive Director at the Museum of Chincoteague Island (Virginia) for the two years prior.  Learn more or catch up with Smith via her LinkedIn page.

ALUMNI > Tyler Ball (ANT) – Nautical Archaeology

Tyler Ball (BA Anthropology, 2013 from Marshall U) is completing a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies/Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University and is now at the end of of 10-week internship with the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).  Ball is proud to have accomplished what he set out to do by completing 9 shipwreck nominations for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The majority of the shipwreck nominations sank in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.  He asserts that each nomination is more than a shipwreck site, but also a story of our past deserving to be told, remembered, and preserved for future generations to experience. Producing nominations for the NRHP is important, because if nobody is willing to tell the story, it could be lost forever.  You can learn more through Ball’s blog post at the BOEM.  Learn about or catch up with him on his LinkedIn page.

>EVENT: Benjamin Bush Lecture

Benjamin Busch will deliver a multimedia lecture on how our sense of service has changed in the new century. As America transitions from manufacturing to an economy increasingly defined by service and consumption, laborers are struggling to hold their place as contributors to national production. As wealth consolidates in the one percent, few can work enough to sustain a family or rely on employment to deliver them to retirement with benefits. The nation has also been in ideological contest with religion, fighting a global ghost in its war on terror. The military, often a last resort employer in regions where other career options are thinning or gone, has also lost much of its long appeal as a way to “serve the country.”

This lecture will examine the changing relationship of Americans to patriotism, citizenship, and service. It asks what we work for, how our labors define us, how unemployment harms our identity and how military service is perceived by politics, college and home

>EVENT: Screening of Heroin(e)

The Society in collaboration with the Psychology Department and Women’s Studies will be a screening the Netflix documentary Heroin(e) on Monday, October 2 at 7:00 in the Shawkey Dining Room. The three women featured in the film, Necia Freeman, Patricia Keller, and Jan Radar, will be present to answer questions afterwards. This event is free and open to the community, and donations to the Backpack and Brown Bag Ministry will be collected. Many thanks to our department for co-sponsoring and making snacks available.

>EVENTS: Dr. Susie Crate “Storying Climate Change”

This year’s Graduate Humanities Program Major Scholar seminar is with renowned anthropologist, Dr. Susie Crate, and is titled “Storying Climate Change.”

Dr. Crate is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. More about her and the documentary that tracks some of her work in Sibera and elsewhere is posted on our website @

Several events are scheduled around Dr. Crate’s campus visit in October:

Thursday, October 12, 7 PM: Public screening of “The Anthropologist,” with Co-Director Seth Kramer.  Marshall University, Huntington, Smith Hall 154.  Sponsored by the WV Humanities Council and MU Film Studies Program.

Thursday, October 26, 4 PM: Public screening of “The Anthropologist,” with Dr. Susan Crate. West Virginia State University, Institute, Erickson Alumni Center. Co-sponsored with the WVSU Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Check out the documentary on Crate’s research, “The Anthropologist,” here.

See the trailer, here.  And see what the New York Times, the LA Times, and IndieWire have to say.

Major Scholar Seminar: “Storying Climate Change.” More information is here.

Friday, October 27, 4 PM: Public lecture, Dr. Susan Crate, “Storying Climate Change: On the Importance of Local Perspectives.” John Marshall Dining Room, MU Student Center. Co-sponsored with the College of Liberal Arts and the MU Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Susie Crate Poster PDF

>EVENT: Research Seminar in Health (Riner)

This will be the final Research Seminar in Health for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The ongoing seminar has been an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to come together to learn and share ideas around current research into human health and disease from a variety of different disciplines.

This seminar will feature Dr. Robin Conley Riner (Anthropology) who will be presenting her current research project (in progress).  Riner’s presentation is titled “Veterans’ Stories of Combat: The Narrative Structures of Moral Injury.”

Moral injury has emerged recently as a diagnostic construct to account for the so-called “soul wounds” many veterans struggle with after deployment. Defined as a disruption in one’s expectations about just and ethical behavior, moral injury is for many a more fitting model for veterans’ experiences than other frequently used diagnoses, such as PTS. Probing this and similar constructs such as “moral breakdown” and “moral disengagement,” this presentation examines how veterans construct themselves as moral persons within the stories they tell about their combat experiences.