Departmental Speaker Series

Past speakers

Spring 2018

Emily Cain graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2013. Cain earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University in 2015. She has worked with museums of a wide range of sizes and missions. Currently, Cain manages cultural projects, engages with anthropological collections, and promotes public access to objects and information for the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as a Cultural Heritage Consultant.  Emily presented Collections and Communities: Facilitating Connections through Material Culture. Museum collections tend to conjure up a passive, silent image. Typically, from a public perspective, they sit quietly either in a display case or tucked away in storage. However, when museum professionals and researchers think creatively about access and knowledge-making, collections objects reveal themselves to be dynamic, living pieces of their cultural environments. This presentation and discussion centered on the potential of collections to foster dialogue and lasting relationships between museums and their communities, both local and global. See a video of her presentation HERE.  Thursday 29 March 2018.

Patrick Murray of Monmouth University discussed the technical changes and challenges for survey research methodology, and what went wrong with the predictions of polls and pundits on the outcome of the 2016 election. The Monmouth University Poll has established itself as one of the nation’s leading independent survey research centers, earning an A+ rating from FiveThirtyEight, one of only five polling organizations out of nearly 400 nationally to receive this top grade. Murray frequently appears as a commentator on national and regional TV and radio, including appearances on various programs at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, as well as National Public Radio and ABC’s Good Morning America. During federal election years, he also serves as an exit poll analyst for the NBC News Decision Desk.  Murry presented “Polling in a Brave New World.  Thursday 29 March 2018.

Spring 2016

Melinda Wagner, PhD, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Radford University, presented Celebrating the Local in and through our work as anthropologists in which we will be asked to consider what makes us relevant at a time when so many of our programs are threatened. SAS announcements and awards.  Radford worked for over 30 years with college students in order to preserve oral histories of Appalachia.  Focusing on her local, she asked the question, “How can we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?”  She answered this question by collaborating with college and high school students to interview elderly residents of the surrounding Floyd County, Virginia area so their oral stories may be cataloged and preserved.  Saturday 09 April 2016

Fall 2012

Richard J. Chacon, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University, presented Conservation or Resource Maximization? Analyzing Subsistence Hunting among the Achuar (Shiwiar) of Ecuador — Wednesday 07 November 2012. You may read about Dr.Chacon’s visit in this MU Press Release.

John Conley, PhD, Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, presented The Discourse of DNA: The stories people tell about participating (or not) in a genetic biobank — Friday 05 October 2012

Spring 2012

Professor Graham Crow, PhD, Deputy Director National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, presented What is Methodological Innovation and Why Does it Matter? – 18 April 2012. You may read about Professor Crow’s visit in this MU Press Release.

Spring 2011

Jack Levin, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, presented Hate and Violence – American Style – 14 March 2011.  See a Parthenon article describing the event.

Tracie McKinney, PhD., Visiting Instructor at Marshall University, presented Monkeys in Our Midst: The Impact of Human Disturbance on the White-faced Capuchin Behavior and Ecology – 02 March 2011

Fall 2010

Mats Grieff, Ph.D., Professor at Malmö University (Sweden) and Visiting Scholar at MU DoSA, presented From Women’s Experiences to the Cowboy Myth: Associations Between Societal Changes and Transformations in Song Lyrics When Folk Music Became a Commercialized Country Music – 01 December 2010

Brian Roberts, PhD, University of Central Lancashire, presented A (Former) Mining Valley in Wales: A Research Story – 20 October 2010

Spring 2010

Elizabeth Faier, PhD, presented Ladies and Laborers: Regulating Bodies and Spaces in Urban Development – 31 March 2010

John Walden, MD, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health at Marshall University, presented 40 Years of Living, Working, and Trekking with the Amazonian Indians – 25 February 2010

Dan Evans, PhD, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, presented Ethnobotany of Indigenous People in the Upper Amazon Basin and High Andes of Ecuador– 27 January 2010

Fall 2009

Tim Boekhout van Solinge, PhD, University of Amsterdam, presented Tropical Deforestation as a Harmful and Criminologist Issue – 05 November 2009