>EVENT: Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Consultant and ANT Alum Visits 29 March 2018


Thursday 29 March 2018 – Marshall University, Huntington Campus

Emily Cain, MA, Cultural Heritage Consultant

Department of Anthropology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC

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.

Workshop:  Engaging with Collections: An Introduction to Research Methodology

Where: MU Archaeological and Ethnological Lab, Basement of Old Main

Time: 11 am – 12:45 pm [Workshop will be 75 minutes and include 30 minutes of flex time for participants to come and go after 12:15 pm]

PRE-REGISTRATION: Contact Dr. Nick Freidin to reserve (and commit) to one of a limited number of spots in the workshop.

Deadline is Monday 26 March

This workshop covers a general introduction to engaging with ethnological collections as primary resources in anthropological research. Making use of the Marshall University Ethnological Collection, it encompasses a mini research experience, designed to pique student interest in collections research and introduce them to basic skills and concepts. The workshop will combine seminar learning with hands-on skill development, alternating between individual study and group discussion of findings and their implications. ALL students are welcome (pre-registration requested). See full workshop details in PDF.

Public Presentation and Discussion: Collections and Communities: Facilitating Connections through Material Culture

Where: Drinko Library 402

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM

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 will center on the potential of collections to foster dialogue and lasting relationships between museums and their communities, both local and global.


>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!


>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: 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: 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,