Stone (Sociology) Public Lecture & Panel on Sex Work

Maggie Stone Presents at theInvisible Women: Unveiling Sex Work in Huntington public forum

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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One Room, One World Exhibit




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.


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Conley (Anthropology) NEW BOOK

Dr. Robin Conley's (Anthropology) new book with Oxford U Press.
Dr. Robin Conley’s (Anthropology) new book with Oxford U Press.

Fondren (Sociology) NEW BOOK

Dr. Kristi Fondren’s new book (Rutgers U Press, 2015) featured in a Boston Globe article.

CFP – Southern Anthropological Society, April 2016

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.

Speech, Power and Social Justice (Conley)

The AAA Committee for Human Rights Task Group and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice is committed to collaborating with one another to provide a unique, linguistic anthropological perspective on relevant issues of the day. We believe that a merging of voices allows for greater depth of reflection, listening, and revision. In this way our process in the Task Group is symbolic of our greater ideals—a collective voice demonstrates shared responsibility for social justice.

Read a co-authored commentary from Robin Conley in the Anthropology News.


"Die-In" protest at the AAA 2014 meeting.  Photo by Marco Hill.  Used by permission.
“Die-In” protest at the AAA 2014 meeting.


This is Anthropology

What to see examples of what anthropologists are up to in their everyday work? Looking for an anthropologist near you? Check out the “This is Anthropology” website from the American Anthropological Association.

Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist: A Cultural Anthropologist

New York Times – Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Natasha Singer

Genevieve Bell, as a cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs, runs a team of about 100 researchers. The team studies how consumers interact with electronics and develops new technology experiences for them.  Speaking about the value of an anthropological approach, Diane Bryant, General Manager of Intel’s data center group had this to say about its relevance to the company and its future:

What [Bell] and her organization have done is to shift our mind-set. It takes a very different skill set, a unique domain experience, to sense the market and identify the emerging signals and what is going to matter to the end user.

Check out the full story in the New York Times.

Genevieve Bell, as a cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs.
Photo Credit: Leah Nash


Hoey (Anthropology) NEW BOOK

Hoey in fieldsite of Northwestern Lower MichiganDo you get told what the good life is, or do you figure it out for yourself?

Posed by a middle-aged lifestyle migrant who left a corporate career, this question invokes the theme of Opting for Elsewhere that emerges from stories of people who chose relocation as a way of redefining themselves and reordering work, family, and personal priorities. This is a book about the impulse to start over.  The accounts presented involve new expressions of old dreams, understandings, and ideals.  Whether downshifting from stressful careers or the victims of downsizing from jobs lost in a surge of economic restructuring, lifestyle migrants seek refuge in places that seem to resonate with an idealized, potential self.   Choosing the option of elsewhere and moving as a means of remaking self through sheer force of will are basic facets of American character forged in its history as a developing nation of immigrants with a seemingly ever-expanding frontier. Stories told here are parts of a larger moral story about what constitutes the good life at a time of economic uncertainty coupled with shifting social categories and cultural meanings. Brian Hoey, Marshall University Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, provides an evocative illustration of the ways these sweeping changes impact people and the places that they live and work as well as how both react—devising strategies for either coping with or challenging the status quo. This stirring portrait of starting over in the heartland of America will initiate fruitful discussion about where we are going next as an emerging postindustrial society.

New Book by Brian Hoey: “Opting for Elsewhere” now available from several sources.  See Vanderbilt University Press for information.  You can purchase from Amazon or by providing publication information to your local, independent bookseller.

Hear an Interview with Brian Hoey done in September 2015 via NPR affiliate, Interlochen Pubic Radio as part of their series “Which Way to Paradise”



Dr. Hoey's new book from Vanderbilt University Press. Coming August 2014.
Dr. Hoey’s book from Vanderbilt University Press