>EVENT: You Are What You Eat

Dr. Brian A. Hoey (Sociology & Anthropology) together with students in his course “Culture and Environment” (ANT & SOC 466 and 566) are having a community event to demonstrate how cultural ecology provides us with a holistic vision of varied relationships over time and space that human populations have had with their environments.  The course itself is designed to examine symbolic and structural dimensions of struggles over defining, organizing, and controlling the natural environment from a biocultural perspective.

The event, titled “You Are What You Eat,” is intended to provide literal food for thought. In a nutshell, if you will, we have taken an anthropological approach, specifically that of cultural ecology, to examine human subsistence strategies.  That is to say, adaptations that are represented in subsistence practices of hunting and gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, and agriculture so as to better understand the relationship between culture and environment.  When you get down to it, much of this relationship is forged out of particular traditions for procuring the food that sustains us.

At this lunchtime event, we’ll be presenting information that helps people appreciate the varied dimensions and impacts of these different subsistence strategies.  This will include tasty samples of food that represent these practices.  We’re partnering with MU Sustainability and others to bring additional information and useful resources for attendees on ways that they can put to good use what they’ve learned.

DOWNLOAD FLYER: You Are What You Eat

>EVENT: Addiction Studies

Explore the new, interdisciplinary Addiction Studies minor (that includes contributions from our department) with a lecture series on Substance Misuse, the War on Drugs, and Recovery.

>EVENT: COLA Career Workshop for Spring 2017

The College of Liberal Arts (COLA) will be hosting a Career Workshop for all COLA majors on April 6, 2017 from 12 to 2 m in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center.  This event is designed to assist our majors in the art of linking the knowledge and skills they are obtaining in their degrees programs to the those that employers have shown that they want and need, which are consistently those that COLA majors will have. COLA Career Workshop_S2017

INFO > Summer & Fall 2017 Courses

Here are course flyers/announcements for Summer and Fall semesters (listed by faculty) in 2017:

Dr. Brian A. Hoey (Anthropology)

ANT 201 – Cultural Anthropology (Summer & Fall 2017, Online)

ANT & SOC 362 – Health, Culture & Society (Fall 2017, Online)

Dr. Nicholas Freidin (Anthropology)

ANT 323 – Archaeological Field School (Summer 2017)

ANT 440 – African Cultures (Fall 2017)

Dr. Robin Riner (Anthropology)

ANT 371 – Linguistic Anthropology (Summer 2017)

>EVENT: Stigma Fair

The Stigma Fair is an experiential program hosted by the Stigma Honors Senior Seminar Class. It will allow participants to interactively explore the human experience of stigma as it impacts those affected by chronic disorders, such as cancer, invisible illnesses, and MS (among others).  The event is free and open to all.

UPDATE:  See media coverage below.

Parthenon article:

Herald-Dispatch article

Herald-Dispatch photo gallery

Monday, April 27 from 4:30-6:30p in MSC BE5

>EVENT: Unveiling Party for The SOCiety’s Little Free Library

Unveiling Party for The SOCiety’s Little Free Library

The SOCiety, aka the sociology club, will be unveiling their Little Free Library on Thursday, April 6th.  Join them for the opportunity to exchange books, find new literature to read, as well as see Marshall University’s first outdoor library structure.  Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

1:00pm – 2:00pm on Buskirk Field

>EVENT: Guest Speaker Series: Junious Brickhouse

Event Flyer: Junious Brickhouse (PDF)

Thursday, March 2, 6-7:30 pm. MSC BE5

JUNIOUS “HOUSE” BRICKHOUSE IS AN INTERNATIONALLY ESTABLISHED EDUCATOR, CHOREOGRAPHER AND CULTURAL PRESERVATIONIST with over 30 years of experience in Urban Dance Culture. As the Founding Executive Director of Urban Artistry Inc., Junious has inspired and created a movement of artists dedicated to the authentic preservation of urban
dance culture, specifically within communities of practice. From ring shouts and acoustic county blues to hip hop, understanding the nature and meaning of these art forms and their influences, is what motivates this artist.

Robin Riner

>EVENT: SOCiety Naloxone Training


The SOCiety, Marshall’s Student Sociology Association, is hosting a Naloxone Training (an opioid overdose reversal treatment) by the Cabell-Huntington Harm Reduction Program. The event, held on Monday, March 13th at 7:00pm in BE5, is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Participants will learn about opioid overdose signs and symptoms as well as response techniques, including the administration of naloxone. One free dose pack of the reversal drug will be made available to each participant completing the training. Pre-registration (by email to is required. Please direct any questions to Dr. Maggie Stone, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,

INFO > Scholarships for Students

Are you looking to distinguish yourself and achieve something with lasting impact for your academic and professional career?  Try for a competitive, national scholarship. Check out the information available at the MU Office of National Scholarships which maintains lists of many of the prestigious national scholarships that are out there.  If you feel interested, contact their office for help deciding whether to and how to apply.  Of course, you should also speak with your academic advisor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Specific application dates change from year to year, so check with their office, website calendar, or the scholarship’s website for deadlines.