2014-15 Alumni News

Anthropology major Sophie Slesinger named in Zagat's "30-Under-30" for NYC

Sophie SlesingerSlesinger (09C) cites Anthropology's emphasis on field work and the OSI's awareness-raising programs as some of the key components of her success in the food world. She's now the resident cheese master at Washington D.C.'s Blue Duck Tavern and a respected name in the cheese industry. Click here to read the EmoryWire article about her experiences as one of "30-Under-30: New York City's Food World Up-And-Comers". 

Curated Gallery Show Features Ethnographic Installation by Debra Spitulnik Vidali and Kwame Phillips 

Kabusha Radio RemixCoinciding with the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, Professors Vidali and Phillips present “Kabusha Radio Remix: Your Questions Answered by Pioneering Zambian Talk Show Host David Yumba (1923-1990)” an ethnographic installation at Ethnographic Terminalia’s curated show, ‘The Bureau of Memories: Archives & Ephemera.’   Visit the exhibition page here to read more about the installation, which "throws issues of subject agency, immortality, translation, wisdom, and ownership into bold relief" by layering remixed archives of one of Zambia's most famous Bemba language radio personalities with current questions.  

Debra Vidali is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Re-Generation Initiative at Emory, and Kwame Phillips received his PhD from Emory University in 2014 in Anthropology & Film and Media Studies.  

The Hierarchy Gallery is located at 1847 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC. ‘The Bureau of Memories: Archives & Ephemera’ runs Dec 3-7, 2014.

New Book by Alumna Andrea Abrams

NYU Press recently published God and Blackness: Race, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church by Andrea Abrams (PhD 2006). The book offers an ethnographic study of blackness as it is understood within a specific community—that of the First Afrikan Church, a middle-class Afrocentric congregation in Atlanta, Georgia. Drawing on nearly two years of participant observation and in‑depth interviews, Dr. Abrams examines how this community has employed Afrocentrism and Black theology as a means of negotiating the unreconciled natures of thoughts and ideals that are part of being both black and American. Specifically, she examines the ways in which First Afrikan’s construction of community is influenced by shared understandings of blackness, and probes the means through which individuals negotiate the tensions created by competing constructions of their black identity. Although Afrocentrism operates as the focal point of this discussion, the book examines questions of political identity, religious expression and gender dynamics through the lens of a unique black church.   

Andrea Abrams is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and African American Studies at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.