Lectures, Film Screenings, Events

September 6-7
Carol Worthman, Emory
Innovations and applications. A gathering for sharing, connecting, imagining.

September 9
Donna Troka, Bayo Holsey
Inclusive Pedagogy2PM, ANT 206

September 12
James Welch
Indigenous peoples in Brazil: Nutrition transition and double
burden of disease
4 PM, ANTH 206

Armelagos Lecture in Biocultural Anthropology
September 20
Khiara Bridges, UC Berkley
The Intersections of Class and Race: Imagining an Ethnography of the Reproductive Lives of Class-Privileged Women of Color
2:30pm, ANTH 303

In this talk, Bridges will draw from her previous work with poor, pregnant women of color to discuss how class and race interact with -- and alter -- one another in the lives of wealthier, pregnant women of color in the United States.

Khiara M. Bridges is a professor in the School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. She is a leading scholar of race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the Harvard Law ReviewStanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. She is the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011); The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017); and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019). She is also a coeditor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press.

She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her PhD, with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. While in law school, she was a teaching assistant for the former dean, David Leebron (Torts), as well as for the late E. Allan Farnsworth (Contracts). She was also a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic and is a classically trained ballet dancer.

Khiara M. Bridges is a professor in the School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. She is a leading scholar of race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her PhD, with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology.

Department of Anthropology Colloquium
September 27
Fran Markowitz, Ben-Gurion University
Edenic Veganism and Righteous Black Male Bodies in the African Hebrew Israelite Community's Kingdom of Yah

Dr. Markowitz (Ben Gurion University, Israel) is a cultural anthropologist whose field research has taken her to the Russian Jewish immigrant communities of New York City and Chicago in the USA, and to Jerusalem and Mitzpe Ramon in Israel, and then to post-Soviet Russia. Intrigued by the overlapping issues of diaspora, racialization and millenarianism, she has also conducted fieldwork among the African Hebrew Israelite Community in Israel and in the US. In addition, Fran has worked for over two decades on an urban ethnography of Sarajevo. Her key to maintaining an active research agenda is a passion that combines intellectual curiosity with the desire to contribute to a more socially just, life-affirming world.

October 4
Peggy Barlett
Educator, Researcher, and Engaged Scholar: Celebrating a Career of Distinction
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, 1:00-5:30pm

October 16
Careers in Anthropology
Info Session for Undergraduates
Undergraduate students are invited to join Anthropology department chair Dr. Jim Rilling for a discussion about career pathways for Anthropology majors.  We’ll share tips, resources, and what we have learned from our alumni, and hope to hear about your questions and needs to help us shape additional career-related programming throughout the year.  Also, we’ll have yummy milk and fresh-baked cookies from Just Bakery!
Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect, and to share your questions in advance.  Hope to see you there!
4:00-5:00pm, Anth 206

Department of Anthropology Colloquium
October 18
Mary Moran, Colgate University
Men Under the Bed: Escaping the War Machine and Reinventing Masculinity in Post-Conflict Liberia

Mary H. Moran is Professor of Anthropology and Africana and Latin American Studies and holds the Arnold A. Sio Chair in Diversity and Community at Colgate University, where she is serving as Interim Director of the Program in Africana and Latin American Studies. Her published works include Civilized Women:Gender and Prestige in Southeastern Liberia (Cornell University Press, 1990), Liberia:The Violence of Democracy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), and recent articles in African Studies Review, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of International Women's Studies, and Annual Review of Anthropology. She was a member of the Emergency Ebola Anthropology Network which responded to the 2014-15 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Guinea Coast region of West Africa, for which she consulted with the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization, and has contributed to public outlets such as Current History and the blog Africa Is A Country. Her current project is a book on the renegotiation of gender in post-conflict Liberia, based in part on 90 interviews with men who avoided violence over the course of the fourteen-year civil war. She is also developing a new comparative project on settler colonialism in Liberia and South Africa.

Department of Anthropology Colloquium
November 8
Holly Dunsworth, University of Rhode Island
This View of Wife: How Woman’s Evolution Challenges Traditional Narratives of Man’s

Here we question assumptions about the evolution of sex differences in human biology, specifically regarding sex differences in height and in pelvic dimensions, which have featured prominently in human evolutionary science since its origins. While the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction differ between the sexes, the effects of hormones on skeletal growth do not. Greater estrogen produced by ovaries causes bones in female bodies to fuse before males’ resulting in sex differences in adult height. Female pelves expand more than males’ due to estrogen and relaxin produced and employed by the tissues of the pelvic region and potentially also due to greater internal space occupied by female gonads and genitals. Evolutionary explanations for skeletal sex differences (aka sexual dimorphism) that focus too narrowly on big competitive men and broad birthing women must account for evolutionary developmental approaches that complicate, weaken, and challenge traditional thinking. In this case, dichotomizing skeletal and life history evolution into Mayr’s proximate-ultimate categories may be impeding  progress in human evolutionary science, as well as perpetuating the popular misunderstanding and abuse of it.

Holly Dunsworth is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. After starting her career performing field- and lab-based paleontological work on the paleoenvironment and functional anatomy of fossil apes, she is now investigating the energetics of nonhuman primate pregnancy and lactation to answer questions about the evolution of human reproduction, growth, and development. She’s behind the EGG hypothesis for the timing of human birth (contra the ‘obstetrical dilemma’); she argues that ‘reproductive consciousness’ is a uniquely human trait of significance; and she is working to expand the dominant evolutionary explanations for sex differences in human height and pelvic dimensions.

January 22
Marcela Benítez
Cooperation, Conflict, and the Mechanism of Social Decission-making in Nonhuman Primates
1PM, ANT 206

Dr. Benítez's research program examines how nonhuman primates make decisions in their social world, what factors impact these choices, and ultimately why these decisions are adaptive. She approaches these questions from an evolutionary perspective while utilizing a mechanistic approach, through the integration of experimental paradigms in the wild, and the analysis and manipulation of hormone profiles. In this talk, she focuses on decision-making during cooperation and conflict, two situations in which making the wrong choice can have significant fitness consequences. First, she examines how wild gelada males make the most informed decisions during conflict. Second, she discusses how conflict influences cooperative decisions (i.e., parochial altruism) in capuchin monkeys, and the role of hormones in promoting cooperation during conflict. Third, she discusses her future goals to examine the evolutionary roots and biological underpinnings of parochial altruism, comparing decision-making during conflict across the primate taxa in both captivity and in wild. By combining the best aspects of naturalistic field work, highlighting the emergence of social challenges, and the best aspects of tightly controlled experiments, highlighting the mechanisms of social choices, here research offers a promising avenue for understanding the importance of sociality, cooperation, and conflict on primate cognitive evolution.

Dr. Marcela E. Benítez (PhD Univ. of Michigan) is Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia State Univ. She is also the co-director of the Capuchins de Taboga Field Station, a long-term research project studying the cognition and behavior of wild white-faced capuchins in the Taboga forest reserve of Costa Rica. 

January 23
Resume Writing for Anthropology Majors
Don Cornwell, Emory Career Center
5:30-6:30pm, Anth 206
Learn how to represent Anthropology coursework, extracurricular activities, and relevant work experience to capture your professional and personal value.  Food and drinks provided.
RSVP on Handshake.

January 27
Angela Garcia
Social Disparities in Health: what drives variation in disease risk between and within populations?
1PM, ANT 206

Dr. Garcia uses a life history framework and a multilevel systems biology approach to explore how psychosocial and environmental factors (e.g. perceptions of stress, inequality, pathogen exposure) interact with physiological (e.g. hormones and immune) and genomic (transcriptomic and genetic) processes, to determine patterns of health and disease within and between populations. Much of her recent work was conducted in a new field site she developed in Honduras, working with immigrant women facing both high levels of discrimination and poor health outcomes. This research focuses on the pathways through which psychosocial stressors like discrimination relate to metabolic risk via influences on neuroendocrine-immune regulatory interactions. Her current and future research aims at disentangling the influences of social and ecological stress on neuroendocrine-immune signaling to understand the rise of cardiometabolic disease in Latino populations and the emergence of intergenerational cycles of health disparity.

Dr. Angela Garcia is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center of Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University. Her work is situated at the intersection of human biology, evolutionary medicine, and anthropology, and investigates how social disparities impact endocrine and immune physiology, and the adverse impact this has on health. Her research program combines fieldwork, bench-based laboratory research, and state-of-the-art statistical analysis on diverse types of data, including individual and household-level interviews, hormonal and immune biomarkers, and genomic data. 

February 3
Calen P. Ryan
Tradeoffs between reproduction and aging in the human epigenome
1PM, ANT 206

Why do we age, and why do some individuals appear to ‘age’ more rapidly than others? Evolutionary theory leads to the prediction that energy allocated to one function, such as reproduction, should come at the expense of bodily maintenance, accelerating biological aging. Such ‘costs of reproduction’ are supported by experimental work in non-human animals and epidemiological data in human populations – especially among women, for whom the energetic contribution to pregnancy and lactation is high. Nevertheless, many questions about the costs of reproduction among humans remain unanswered. When are costs of reproduction incurred? How early in women’s lives might we detect such costs? And what biological pathways connect reproductive processes to women’s aging and health? In this talk, I will discuss a major theme of my research, which is aimed at addressing these questions by studying the epigenome, a set of molecular processes associated with gene activity and cellular memory. I will also discuss some of the ways that my collaborators and I are working to understand the broader impact of the social and physical environment on development and the epigenome across the life course. The overarching aim of this research is to shed light on how our evolutionary past and lived experiences in the present come together to shape our biology and health.

Calen Ryan is a human biologist and anthropological geneticist whose work utilizes bioinformatics and computational statistics to analyze high-throughput epigenetic data from large population datasets. His work in the Philippines explores the impact of reproduction on women’s health and aging and the effect of early life socioeconomic exposures on development and health. He is also interested in the role of hypermutable – or ‘junk’ – DNA in evolution and disease, and the intergenerational epigenetic legacy of the paternal preconception environment. The overarching aim of his research is to shed light on how our evolutionary past and lived experiences in the present come together to shape our biology and health.

February 12
Dorsa Amir
The Development of Decision-Making Across Diverse Cultural Contexts
1PM, ANT 206
The human behavioral repertoire is uniquely diverse, with an unmatched flexibility that has allowed our species to flourish in every ecology on the planet. Despite its importance, the roots of this behavioral diversity — and how it manifests across development and contexts — remain largely unexplored. I argue that a full account of human behavior requires a cross-cultural, developmental approach that systemically examines how environmental variability shapes behavioral processes. In this talk, I use the development of decision-making across diverse contexts as a window into the relationship between the socioecological environment and behavior. First, I present the results of a cross-cultural investigation of risk and time preferences among children in India, Argentina, the United States, and the Ecuadorean Amazon, suggesting that market integration and related socioecological shifts lead to the development of more risk-seeking and future-oriented preferences. Second, I present the early results of a six-culture investigation into the ontogeny of social preferences — namely, trustworthiness, forgiveness, and fairness. Taken together, these studies help elucidate the developmental origins of behavioral diversity across diverse contexts, and underscore the utility of interdisciplinary research for explaining human behavior.

February 12
Interviewing Skills for Anthropology Majors
Don Cornwell, Emory Career Center
5:30-6:30pm, Anth 206
Gain insight on developing effective interview strategies as well as how to talk about the skills gained from your Anthropology major.  Food and drinks provided.
RSVP on Handshake.

February 17
Erik Otárola-Castillo
Food Security Risk Management by Small-Scale Foragers and Farmers: Strategies to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change
1PM, ANT 206

Food security risk management is a prominent contemporary global challenge. Despite major advances in food production technology, ~795 million people remain undernourished worldwide. Scientists project that impending climate changes will negatively affect the availability, accessibility, and stability of food sources - further exacerbating global malnutrition. However, this is not a novel human challenge. Management of food security risk during climate change events has been crucial to the survival of small-scale foraging and farming populations throughout human evolutionary history. Though fundamental to human survival, we still know little about the effects of climate change on the foraging risk management strategies of these small-scale populations. To this end, Dr. Otárola-Castillo introduces the concept of “Dietary Portfolios”, an approach to model human’s strategic use of food resources to mitigate the effects of climate change on food security risk. To exemplify how this concept can advance our understanding of human dietary evolution and foraging decisions today and in the past, he provides case studies of its application to modern (ethnographic) and prehistoric (archaeological) forager and farmer populations.

Dr. Erik Otárola-Castillo is a computational and evolutionary anthropologist, currently assistant professor of Anthropology at Purdue University, director of the Laboratory for Computational-Anthropology and Anthroinformatics, and core faculty in the initiative for Advanced Methods at Purdue. His research program focuses on human dietary evolution and the question: “what do people eat and why?” To answer this question he leverages data science and large anthropological data sets to test hypotheses about the impacts of climate change on the dietary ecology of modern and prehistoric humans from foraging and farming populations. His scientific applications are firmly rooted in a synergistic approach that incorporates biological and anthropological theory, observations derived from ethnographic and paleoanthropological (and archaeological) contexts, controlled experiments, and computational, mathematical, and statistical modeling. 

February 19
Amanda Lea rescheduled
Integrating Field-based Data with Genomic Tools to Understand Human Evolution and Health
1PM, ANT 206

Dr. Amanda Lea received a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California: Los Angeles and a PhD in Ecology from Duke University, where she was co-advised by Susan Alberts and Jenny Tung. Currently, she is a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, where she works with Julien Ayroles and Josh Akey.
Lea is a biologist interested in the evolution and mechanistic basis of plasticity, and what these processes can tell us about human variation and health. Her research uses evolutionary frameworks and genomic tools to address two major questions: 1) What are the molecular mechanisms that connect environmental challenges (for example, social or nutritional stress) experienced across the life course with compromised health? and 2 ) Why do health outcomes vary among individuals exposed to the same
environmental challenge? To do so, she collects individual-based environmental, genomic, and bio-medical data in subsistence-level, small-scale human populations, currently focused on the Turkana people of northern Kenya.

February 25
Your Online Presence - Career Workshop for Anthropology Majors
Don Cornwell, Emory Career Center
5:30-6:30pm, Anth 206
What you need to know about Social Media in the job/internship search as well as tools you can leverage to build your network.  Food and drinks provided. 
RSVP on Handshake.

February 26
Julienne Rutherford
Pregnancy, placentas, and professionalism: Developmental interconnectivity in people and primates
1PM, ANT 206

In this talk Dr. Rutherford will provide an overview of her work on the human and nonhuman primate placenta as mechanistic site of intergenerational processes suggested by the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease paradigm. She will outline her longitudinal and intergenerational Womb to Womb program of research in the marmoset monkey, research in a human birth cohort from the Philippines, and other projects that have shaped her view of developmental connectivity across generations. She will also speak to how this perspective has provided a template for academic mentorship and leadership. 

Dr. Julienne Rutherford is associate professor and associate department head in the Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is a biological anthropologist and comparative placentologist (PhD, Indiana University, 2007, minors in Animal Behavior and Medical Sciences) who is fascinated by the causes and consequences of developmental environments. She studies the role of the placenta in the developmental origins of health and disease in nonhuman primates and humans (e.g., Rutherford 2017), as well as evolutionary causes and consequences of human birth complications (Rutherford and Abrams, 2012Rutherford et al., 2019). She is also part of a four-woman team of bioanthropologists that wrote the foundational SAFE studies, investigating sexual harassment and gender discrimination in field-based sciences (Clancy et al., 2014Nelson et al., 2017).

February 27
Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Porosity and Boundedness: How the way we think about thinking changes our sensory experience of gods and spirits

Tanya Marie Luhrmann the Watkins University Professor at Stanford University. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. She is the author of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.

This talk makes the argument that the way people think about their minds shapes the way they come to know God. I do this by looking at the kinds of people who have more vivid spiritual experiences (they are more likely to get absorbed in their inner worlds), the way prayers train attention to inner experience, and above all at the way that different cultures invite people to think differently about inner life. I see a paradox: the more a culture imagines an inner world as separate from an outer world, the less vividly they experience gods and spirits.

12-1:30pm, Rita Anne Rollins - Center for Ethics, Room 162

March 2
Siobhán Mattison
The evolution of female-biased kinship  
1PM, ANT 206

Female-biased kinship is a pervasive feature of mammalian societies, suggesting its deep evolutionary roots. Yet matrilineal kinship, which prioritizes links created through maternal kin, is rare in humans. Why should this be so? The dominant framework in cultural anthropology problematizes matriliny because of the tensions matriliny creates for men, whose allegiances are split between natal and spousal households. In this talk, Dr. Mattison describes the putative social and ecological drivers of human matriliny. Data drawn from her studies with the Mosuo of Southwest China – the world’s only society to practice both patrilineal and matrilineal kinship as distinct modes of inheritance and descent – shed light on the possible costs and benefits of matrilineal kinship to men and women. The data suggest that matriliny is evolutionarily stable across diverse social and ecological contexts and that many more human societies exhibit features of female-biased kinship than have commonly been recognized.

Siobhán M. Mattison is an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of New Mexico and a rotator at the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on explaining the causes and consequences of variation in human kinship, social structure, parental investment, and biology. She conducts fieldwork with the Mosuo (Na) of Southwest China and among the Melanesian Ni-Vanuatu. She received her doctoral degree in biocultural anthropology from the University of Washington and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology and demography at Stanford University.

March 4
Elizabeth Lonsdorf
Growing up ape: integrative studies of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) development
1PM, ANT 206

Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Biological Foundations of Behavior at Franklin and Marshall College (F&M). She began studying primates as an undergraduate student at Duke University, where she studied the development of percussive foraging in Aye-ayes at the Duke Lemur Center. After a brief foray into marine mammal cognition, she completed her Ph.D. at the Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies at the University of Minnesota, focusing on sex differences in the development of tool-use skills in the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park. She was then the founding Director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo before joining the faculty of F&M in 2012. Her current research focuses on behavioral development and the intersection of health and behavior in wild chimpanzees, and social learning and cognition in a variety of primate species. She conducts her research on chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania, and on the two capuchin monkey families that call F&M home. Elizabeth is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a member of the Board of Directors for Chimp Haven (the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary) and the former Vice President for Education and Outreach for the International Primatological Society.

The overarching goal of my scholarship is to understand the interplay of development and health in non-human primate behavior as a model for the evolution of human childhood. I am interested in the various influences that shape a primate’s life from birth to adulthood, and the resultant outcomes in terms of survival, reproduction, and behavioral variation. Chimpanzees exhibit one of the lengthier periods of pre-reproductive dependency among primates and grow up in a dynamic and complex social and physical environment. Over the past decade, I have integrated long-term datasets with new data collection to examine these sources of variation. For example, we now know that male and female offspring differ with regards to behavioral and social development, that mothers of sons are more gregarious than mothers of daughters, and that sons nurse for longer than daughters. My collaborators and I have also documented how maternal dominance rank impacts the length of the weaning period and the outcome of aggressive interactions between immatures. As part of a new comparative study, I am now leading an effort to integrate behavioral observations, physiological measures, hard tissue analyses and photographic techniques to better understand the development of nutritional independence, a key life history variable. Here I will summarize what is currently known regarding developmental variation in wild chimpanzees from Gombe and outline fruitful areas of research for the coming decade.

March 18
Fear of Dying Alone: Internet Group Suicide, Loneliness and Increasing "Solitary Death" in Precarious Japan

Dr. Chikako Ozawa-de Silva

4PM, Callaway S420

March 18
Dr. Amanda Veile
Globalization, Human Biology and Indigenous Health: Evolutionary and Biocultural Causes and Consequences of the Cesarean Epidemic in Latin America
Talk will be held via zoom

Globalization refers to the growing interconnectedness of world economies, cultures, and populations. This process facilitates transfer of biomedical practices and health care systems, which can have unpredictable effects on marginalized populations worldwide. In many Latin American countries, for example, the recent widespread implementation of new health programs increasingly exposes rural indigenous women to medicalized birthing practices and cesarean deliveries. While lifesaving in a small proportion of cases, cesarean deliveries create evolutionarily novel perinatal conditions that directly and indirectly influence infant immune system and microbiome development, and are associated with the onset of obesity and its related pathologies. Despite growing awareness of this problem, cesarean deliveries have reached epidemic proportions in Latin America. Unfortunately, most studies linking cesarean delivery to health outcomes stem from affluent and urbanized world regions.  These rarely address the salience of human biocultural variation in the context of health outcomes and inequalities, which limits the widespread applicability of biomedical conclusions drawn from this research.  For example, rural Latin American indigenous populations experience vastly different nutritional conditions and pathogenic exposures compared to affluent, urban populations. This can lead to different causes and consequences of rising cesarean delivery rates. In this lecture, Dr. Veile illustrates the importance of population-specific and cross-cultural approaches, and of understanding how local biological conditions shape reproductive processes and post-cesarean developmental variation. She draws examples from her extensive field research among Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers, where she examines rising cesarean delivery rates and the associations of birth mode with child growth, infectious morbidity, and gut microbiome assembly.  She will also introduce her ongoing research on household sanitary conditions, which modulate the effects of cesarean delivery on child health outcomes, and new studies comparing indigenous health profiles in populations spanning a gradient of urbanization and modernization (in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru).

Amanda Veile is an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Behavior, Ontogeny and Reproduction (LABOR) at Purdue University. She is a human biologist, and her research program asks, “How does globalization affect human biology and health?”  To answer this question, Veile integrates evolutionary theory with laboratory and field research methods to characterize human reproductive, behavioral, and developmental variation in the context of nutritional and epidemiologic change. She has conducted field research among Latin American indigenous populations of foragers (Pumé of Venezuela), forager-farmers (Tsimane of Bolivia), subsistence farmers (Yucatec Maya, Mexico/Andean Quechua, Peru) and peri-urban migrants (Lima, Peru). Veile investigates several global and biocultural factors that influence growth, immunological, and microbiome development, and metabolic and reproductive health outcomes, in these and other marginalized populations. Her ongoing field projects investigate the causes and consequences of rising cesarean delivery rates (Yucatán, Mexico) and the effects of urbanization and migration on indigenous health (Lima and Húanuco, Peru). Veile earned her doctoral degree in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. At Purdue University, she is a Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC) faculty associate, an Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) executive board member, and holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the newly launched Department of Public Health.

March 19
Why Businesses Need (& Hire!) Anthropology Majors
Whitney Easton
5:30-6:30pm, Anth 206
According to Business Insider and The Harvard Business Review, major companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Airbnb, Intel, J.P. Morgan Chase, Accenture, Verizon, Spotify, Ford, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, and IDEO are increasingly hiring students trained in anthropology.  Join us to find out why.
We will explore opportunities for you to leverage your anthropology education in innovative fields like design research, product development, marketing and advertising, user experience research, finance, tech, healthcare, sustainability, and organizational culture/change.  Food and drinks provided.
RSVP on Handshake.

March 30
Engaging Conflict as an Opportunity for Learning
Led by Kyle Lambelet, Candler School of Theology

April 6 Postponed
Panel Discussion-Anthropological Displays
Lead discussants: Kaitlin Banfill and Shreyas Sreenath

April 13 Postponed
Panel Discussion-David Nugent’s The Encrypted State
Context by David Nugent
Respondents: Bayo Holsey, Katy Lindquist, Gyan Pandey, and Adeem Suhail

Anthropology Co-Sponsored Lectures and Events

October 10
Angie Heo, University of Chicago
Doing Fieldwork in Revolutionary Times
12:30-2:00pm, Callaway S501

In stories from the field, adapting to unexpected conditions is nearly a rite of passage for anthropologists. But what does this celebrated trope of ethnographic authority mean when a country undergoes radical political transformation and against all conventional wisdom? Drawing on materials from Egypt that precede the 2011 revolution and follow the 2013 coup, this talk reflects on the limits and strategies of writing ethnography for the political present.

December 5-7, 2019
Archival Lives - The Violence of History and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Emory University Conference Center
Conference Organizers: Adriana Chira (History), Clifton Crais (African Studies/History), Walter Rucker (African American Studies/History)

February 20
Jared Diamond
Upheaval: Turning Points for Natuons in Crisis
7:30PM, WHSAB Auditorium

On February 20, 2020, the Center for Ethics at Emory University will be hosting Jared Diamond,  Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel, among other books, and professor of geography at UCLA.  He will be discussing his newest book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, where he reveals “how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes” by analogizing national coping mechanisms to individuals recovering from personal crises.  He uses as examples the kinds of devastating crises (political, economic, civil, ecological, etc.) that threaten a country’s stability or perhaps their very existence.

The event will be in held in WHSCAB Auditorium, 1440 Clifton Rd., at 7:30 pm. Parking will be available at the Michael’s street deck off of Clifton.  The event is free and open to the public.

February 27
Tanya Marie Luhrmann
Porosity and Boundedness: How the way we think about thinking changes our sensory experience of gods and spirits

Tanya Marie Luhrmann the Watkins University Professor at Stanford University. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. She is the author of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.

This talk makes the argument that the way people think about their minds shapes the way they come to know God. I do this by looking at the kinds of people who have more vivid spiritual experiences (they are more likely to get absorbed in their inner worlds), the way prayers train attention to inner experience, and above all at the way that different cultures invite people to think differently about inner life. I see a paradox: the more a culture imagines an inner world as separate from an outer world, the less vividly they experience gods and spirits.

12-1:30pm, Rita Anne Rollins - Center for Ethics, Room 162

March 3
Sharese King
On Race and Place: Investigating stylistic variation in Rochester, New York
4:15pm, Atwood 360


March 3
The Sweet Requiem
Movie Screening followed by Q&A
7PM, WH 206 

Class-related Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

January 23
A Lunch Discussion: Ecologies of Care and Repair. Anthropocenic Perspectives on Development
Moderated by Anthony Dest, Peter Habib, Katharine Kindquist, Shreyas Sreenath
Light lunch will be provided
12:15 - 1:15pm, ANT 110

Graduate Teaching Roundtables

November 1 @3p, ANT 206
Drs. Dietich Stout and Anna Grimshaw will speak on the purpose of the syllabus, how to pitch a course, identifying you student population, course blurbs, and more!

November 15 @3p, ANT 206
Creating a Syllabus Part 2

Teaching Roundtable 3 – Ethics: Touch Subjects in Teaching
Date: January 31, 2020
Facilitators: Brynn Champney, Kristin Phillips
Speakers: Bayo Holsey, Craig Hadley

How do you teach an introductory course in such a broad field?
Are there particular “classic” readings we should assign?
What is a good textbook, and what makes a good textbook?
What do you do if you have to teach a subfield with which you are unfamiliar?
Should you teach it four-field? Biocultural?

Teaching Roundtable 4: Teaching 101
Date: February 14, 2020
Facilitators: Katy Lindquist, Peter Little
Speakers: John Lindo, Peter Brown

Graduate Presentations

Academic Year 2019-20 Graduate Events

August 30
Luisa Rivera (Prospectus)
"New Hope: Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience in Postwar Guatemala”
ANT 206, 3:30pm

October 21
Amanda Maxfield (Dissertation)
“Poverty amid plenty: resource scarcity, aspirational consumption, relative deprevation, and mental health in Jaipur, India”
Ant 206, 4pm

October 25
Tenzin Namdul (Dissertation)
“Facilitating an Ideal Death: Tibetan Medical and Buddhist Approaches to Death and Dying in a Tibetan Refugee Community in south India”
Ant 206, 3pm

March 27
Shreyas Sreenath (Dissertation)
3:00pm, Zoom Conference
Black Spot: an account of caste and discards in 21st century Bangalore

March 27
Sara Kauko (Dissertation)
Criollo Entrepreneurialism: Transforming racial and class identities and social mobility among mixed-race Argentines
4:00pm, Zoom Conference

April 17
AJ Jones 
Performing the Missing X: Gender, Disability, and Turner Syndrome in North Carolina

3:00pm, Zoom Conference


May 8
Aiman Mustafa (Dissertation)
The Elusive Community: The Making and Unmaking of Muslim Minority Voices in Mumbai, India: An Ethnographic Account
12:00pm, Zoom Conference

Graduate Events

January 30
Experimental Ethnography Showcase
Open Gallery 4:00 - 8:00pm
Presentations by Exibitors 6:00pm
ANT 206