University Club Scholarship Recipients
Cecilia Montesdeoca, an Anthropology graduate student and Julia Mendes, a Sociology undergraduate student, were honored with University Club scholarships last Friday. Tom Gerschick and Chris Wellin represented the SOA Dept. at the event. Congratulations to both of them!!
Anthropology graduate to State Farm archivist
Buck Farley, an anthropology graduate, new alumni board member, and State Farm Archivist, produced and is featured in this video/story about State Farm's history.
Kathryn Sampeck, has an article on Cacao published
Cacao Biology: Chocolate a Superfood, was published in ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America.
Cacao, a tree whose seeds people use to make chocolate, has long been a way for people to understand the world. For pre- Columbian Mesoamericans, cacao linked people to each other, the plants, animals and places around them, and to the divine, the environment seen and unseen. In a panel from the Dresden Codex, one of the few pre-Columbian Mesoamerican books that survives today, the Maya god of sustenance K’awil is seated, holding a bowl containing cacao seeds. The text indicates that “First or Honored Maize’s sustenance is cacao” ( http://www.mayacodices.org/frameDtail ). In Mesoamerican terms, this makes cacao a superfood! Maize is and was the crucial staple for Mesoamericans, the foundation of the world. What sustained this foundation? Cacao.
Michael Dougherty edited a new book on Mining in Latin America
Michael Dougherty, Associate professor of Sociology, edited the book Mining in Latin America: Critical Approaches to the New Extraction. He also wrote the chapters, “From global peripheries to the earth’s core: the new extraction in Latin America” and “Scarcity and control: the new extraction and Canada’s mineral resource protection network,” and he co-wrote the chapter, “The rise of the corporate investment rights regime and ‘extractive exceptionalism’: evidence from El Salvador.”
Alexis Econie selected
as a Bone Scholar
Congratulations to Alexis Econie, senior Sociology major, on being selected as a Bone Scholar for the 2016-2017 school year! Being named a Bone Scholar is the highest award that an Illinois State University undergraduate can receive.
Robert Dirks Publishes a new book on Food in the Gilded Age
"Food in the Gilded Age: What Ordinary Americans Ate" was recently published by Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Robert Dirks. He will discuss the book at the Chicago Foodways Roundtable on May 21st.
Impact Award Winners
Maria Schmeeckle and Tom Gerschick, both Associate Professors of Sociology, are 2016 Impact Award Winners. To win this award the recipients must be nominated by a student and the award winners must have had a significant impact on a new student. Congratulations!
Logan Miller had an article published in the newest issue of Lithic Technology
Smudge Pits and Stone Drills The Use of Chipped Stone Tools at Burrell Orchard
Recent investigations by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) identified an extensive Late Archaic occupation at Burrell Orchard (33LN15), located on a promontory overlooking the Black River in northern Ohio. CMNH excavations have documented widespread midden deposits, prepared clay floors, post molds, and pit features including numerous smudge pits. The formal chipped stone tool assemblage is dominated by lanceolate projectile points and bifacial “drills.” High-powered lithic microwear analysis was performed on 28 formal chipped stone tools recovered from the 2008 and 2014 CMNH field seasons. Tool types examined included complete and fragmentary lanceolate points, drills, and other bifaces. The results indicate that many “drills” were actually used to perforate dry hide and, thus, may have held a unique place in the hide-processing activities conducted at the site.
ISU's Impact in the Local Economy: $550 million
Frank Beck, Director of the Stevenson Center and Associate Professor of Sociology, contributed to a study analyzing the economic impact of ISU to the local economy. The study is featured in today's Pantagraph newspaper.
New Anthropology graduate dual degree program
A new master’s degree exchange program with ISU and Nihon University in Japan has been approved, where students will pursue degrees in Anthropology from both institutions. Students will pursue individualized curriculum in consultation with their advisor. We currently have two students who are participating and will leave for Japan in April. Students should contact Dr. Nobuko Adachi for more information. Information about Nihon University and the application process can be found on the ISU International Studies website.
Our first students in the program, Dan Walther and Hannah Meyer are at Nihon University now.
Anthropology graduate student Amanda Miller successfully defended her thesis
Congratulations to Amanda Miller for successfully defending her master's thesis in cultural anthropology: Unpacking Empowerment within the Prison Industrial Complex. Her committee members were Gina Hunter, Liv Stone (Chair).
Anthropology graduate students Kelsey Hanson and Andrew Mallo successfully defend their theses
Congratulations to Kelsey Hanson and Andrew Mallo for successfully defending their master's theses in anthropology. Both did Grand Island based theses and their committee members were James Skibo (Chair), Eric Drake and John Kostelnick.
Anthropology alumnus accepts a tenure track position at Illinois College
Miranda (Randi) Utzinger Karban has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Illinois College in Jacksonville, where she will be teaching courses in anatomy and physiology as well as biological anthropology. Randi is completing her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Iowa after earning her master’s degree at ISU. Randi’s research concerns developmental biology of the Neandertal and modern human skull. In discussing her decision to accept Illinois College’s offer, Randi stated “I am incredibly excited, as Illinois College was my top choice of all of the places I interviewed. It is a small, student-focused campus which emphasizes teaching and undergraduate research.” She begins her position at Illinois College in the fall of 2016.
Liv Stone, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was interviewed by the Journal Cultural Anthropology
Contested Walls And Natural Forces
While the written portion of the essay came about as a conversation between Liv and Abigail Stone about what the physical, visual evidence that people leave behind can tell us about peoples’ particular lives and human beings in general. The visual portion of the essay is the result of Liv’s fascination with the surfaces of Oaxaca de Juarez’s walls, where she in 2009 conducted ethnographic research.
John Brehm, Professor of Anthropology, was interviewed on WGLT about a possible water crisis in McLean County
WaterCrisis Likely In Next Decade - WGLT
McLean County residents who receive their water from Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen believe they will likely face a water shortage as well as water quality issues within the next decade. They are split, however, on whether drilling for a new well, tapping into an existing aquifer, or constructing another surface reservoir similar to those two lakes is the solution.
Gina Hunter, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was on WGLT discussing "Challenges, Choices and Change: The People of McLean County."
Making McLean County Home - WGLT
The McLean County Museum of History is peering through the years of central Illinois history to spotlight the stories of the wide variety of people who came to call McLean County home. This new exhibit is the first in a series of five that will eventually make up the permanent exhibit called "Challenges, Choices and Change: The People of McLean County."
Gina Hunter, Associate Professor of Anthropology, a public lecture at Challenges, Choices, & Change: Making a Home - Exhibit Grand Opening
Challenges, Choices, & Change: Making a Home - Exhibit Grand Opening
The Museum is preparing to unveil the first of five new exhibit galleries, ushering in a new era for how we connect visitors and students in particular, to local history. “Challenges, Choices, & Change”, a core part of the Museum’s ongoing $3 million campaign is scheduled to open on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, January 18, 2016. Visitors will be able to explore new inter-actives , local artifacts and imagery, digital technology featuring hands-on learning activities that will answer the questions: Who are the people who have made McLean County their home? Where did they come from and how did they travel to get here? What were their experiences like when they arrived?
Gina Hunter, Associate Professor of Anthropology, had a co-authored essay published on the European Association for International Education’s blog.
How to build Intercultural Interaction
Internationalisation at Home (IaH) aims to give all students intercultural and international competences. The majority of college students don’t have the opportunity to travel. Students that do get to travel often fail to develop relationships with local students. International students are, in many ways, an untapped resource for IaH. Designing programmes that foster intercultural interaction is a challenge, especially in short-term programmes where international students do not have fluency in the host country language, where home-stay is not feasible, and where international students are not enrolled in regular courses.
Julia Mendes, undergraduate Sociology major, takes 3rd place in the Illinois Sociological Association paper competition.
Beyond Legal Status: The Struggles and Challenges Faced by Undocumented Students in the United States
Many Americans take their rights as citizens for granted, and don’t often stop to think about what their lives would be like if all of these rights were removed. These rights might include healthcare, government subsidies, and education. Without these rights, they would be living just like the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, who struggle to make a living for themselves and their families. In this paper I will address the obstacles faced by undocumented immigrants and focus on undocumented students—brought to the United States as minors—who face extreme difficulties in pursuing an education and establishing financial stability.
Logan Miller had an article published in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.
Ritual economy and craft production in small-scale societies: Evidence from microwear analysis of Hopewell bladelets
Ritual economy provides a powerful framework for examining aspects of the organization of craft production, especially in the absence of a strong, centralized political economy. This paper outlines the basic tenants of ritual economy and describes how this framework can expand the understanding of the organization of production in small scale societies. I apply these concepts in a case study based largely on microwear analysis of Hopewell bladelets from the Fort Ancient earthworks in southwest Ohio. Microwear analysis from many different localities excavated within and near the earthworks demonstrates that craft production was an important activity conducted using bladelets. Each of the localities in which crafts were produced concentrated on media distinct from the others. These findings have important implications for our understanding of Hopewell economy and social structure as well as craft production in general.
Liv Stone has an Article Published in the current issue of Visual Anthropology Review
Suffering Bodies and Scenes of Confrontation: The Art and Politics of Representing Structural Violence
This article argues that a visual focus on suffering bodies can obscure the power relationships that result in inequality and injustice through (1) obscuring the mechanisms and perpetrators of violence, (2) not disrupting dominant conceptual frameworks, and (3) not leaving room for solutions. I use a corpus of films made about and by a Mexican social movement in San Salvador Atenco to ask a practical question: How might we represent issues of structural violence without focusing on images of suffering and victimization? The solution that these films present is a focus on what I call “scenes of confrontation.”
Erin Durban-Albrecht Wins Book Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Erin Durban-Albrecht! She has won the National Women's Studies Association's First Book Prize for 2015 for her manuscript, Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics.
Sociology and Anthropology 50th Anniversary
Liberal Arts Op-Ed
Jim Skibo, Department Chair and Distinguished Professor, and Gregory Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, publish an Op-Ed in the State Journal Register: Liberal arts education a key to success.
Fred Smith gives a lecture in Croatia
Read about Fred Smith's recent lecture in Zagreb Croatia. The article is in Croatian and will need to be translated in your web browser.
Winfred Avogo's Research Receives $26,000 in Funding
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with sponsorship from the Carnegie Founcil for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with sponsorship from the Carnegie Foundation has offered to fund Dr. Winfred Avogo's research proposal titled "Labor Migration, Social Networks and HIV Risks in South Africa." Work on this project begins in October with a methodology workshop in Nairobi, Kenya and the data collection with graduate students in June and July of 2016 at Wits University, South Africa.
Anne Wortham appointed to the Illinois Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Congratulations to Anne Wortham, Associate Professor of Sociology, on her appointment as a member of the Illinois Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights!The term of service is two years. State Advisory Committees (SACs) consist of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues who assist the U.S. Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions.
Illinois State’s Stevenson Center Offers Up to $60,000 to Their AmeriCorps Alumni Students
AmeriCorps Alums come to Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for a unique graduate program and an unrivaled value. Our Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program includes a 100% tuition waiver for all courses AND a paid graduate assistantship. Fellows complete paid professional practice in the second year, gaining invaluable field experience and networking opportunities. The full financial package is worth up to $60,000. See the full story online.
Dorothy E. Lee Grant
Funds available for the Dorothy E. Lee Grants for the fall semester. These are one-time grants to cover costs related to financial emergencies and incidental expenses related to their education at ISU. Applications are open to women 25-years or older who are enrolled at Illinois State University and have demonstrated a financial need. In the past we have funded lab fees, books, educational supplies, tutoring, and expenses related to childcare emergencies. For a complete description of the grants and to download applications. Please visit the Women and Gender Studies Program.
Chris Wellin Interviewed on WJBC
Sociology professor, Chris Wellin, interviewed on WJBC about the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Listen to the interview from WJBC.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva - Annual Bone Lecture - Watch it Online
“The Sweet Enchantment of Post-racial Racism in America”
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, the author of Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, will present “The Sweet Enchantment of Post-racial Racism in America” for the Illinois State University annual Bone Lecture on Thursday, April 23, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. Available online.
Kathryn Sampeck to be Visiting Scholar at Harvard
Kathryn Sampeck has been selected as the 2015-16 Central American Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University, with a joint affiliation with the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard. As the Central American Visiting Scholar, she will receive an academic appointment at Harvard University where she will present lectures, participate in colloquia, and contribute to Center publications on topics related to her research project "Black Market: Early Colonial Cacao Wealth, Contraband Economy, and Afro-Central Americans in Colonial Guatemala" during the Spring semester of 2016.
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