Departmental Speaker Series

Past speakers

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