>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: Research Seminar in Health (Riner)

This will be the final Research Seminar in Health for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The ongoing seminar has been an opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to come together to learn and share ideas around current research into human health and disease from a variety of different disciplines.

This seminar will feature Dr. Robin Conley Riner (Anthropology) who will be presenting her current research project (in progress).  Riner’s presentation is titled “Veterans’ Stories of Combat: The Narrative Structures of Moral Injury.”

Moral injury has emerged recently as a diagnostic construct to account for the so-called “soul wounds” many veterans struggle with after deployment. Defined as a disruption in one’s expectations about just and ethical behavior, moral injury is for many a more fitting model for veterans’ experiences than other frequently used diagnoses, such as PTS. Probing this and similar constructs such as “moral breakdown” and “moral disengagement,” this presentation examines how veterans construct themselves as moral persons within the stories they tell about their combat experiences.

>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