IMPORTANT UPDATE: Dr. Elizabeth Scott (archaeology) will be retiring from the anthropology faculty as of Fall 2013.
New Addition: Ms. Linda Chisholm (ABD, U Minnesota) will be teaching Archaeology 384 during Spring 2013. She is an Arctic archaeologist (Alaska).
Feb 14: New Research on Rusinga Island (ape evolution). Ms. Kirsten Jenkins (ABD, U Minnesota). Sch 114, 3:30 pm.
Feb 19: 7:30-10 pm. SOSA hosts Brazilian Carnaval. Food, festivities and presentations from Brazilian exchange students. Vrooman Center (Hewett-Manchester Towers), Room 104
March 7: Archaeology presentation by Mr. Burton T. Smith (ABD, U Minnesota), The Obscure, the Orphaned and the Encrusted: Finding Research Potential in Unremarkable Assemblages. Sch 204, 2 pm.
March 21: deadline for the Martin Nickels award undergraduate field school scholarship.
April 24: Archaeology presentation of Archaeology and the National Park Service by Ms. Linda C. Chisholm (ABD, U Minnesota), 3:30 pm, Sch 106.
May 9: Rites of Passage, 2013, for graduating anthropology majors and their friends and family. 6 pm.
(* separate form for each upcoming semester - deadline Fall 2013 application: April 12)
ANTHRO NEWS ARCHIVES
Notables with Anthropology degrees:
Michael Crichton (author)
Gary Larson (cartoonist)
Kurt Vonnegut (author)
Hugh Laurie (actor)
Mick Jagger (singer)
Tracy Chapman (singer)
Rick Bayless (chef)
Billy Graham (evangelist)
Tea Leoni (actor)
Yo Yo Ma (musician)
Saul Bellow (author)
Jeff Corwin (environmentalist)
Jomo Kenyatta (president of Kenya)
Katherine Dunham (choreographer)
Gary Snyder (poet)
Thandi Newton (actor)
Peter Beard (wildlife photographer)
Giada Dilaurentis (chef)
Mary Doria Russell (author)
Kathy Reichs (author)
Stephen Riggio (CEO Barnes & Noble)
HRH Prince Charles (heir to British Crown)
Welcome to Anthropology! Illinois State University offers both an undergraduate (major/minor) and a graduate (MA/MS) education which offers students various hands-on research training through our courses, laboratories, and field schools.
What makes us human? Anthropology is a discipline concerned with people in their entirety: our evolution and physical variation, the remnants of our prehistoric past, the cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies past and present.
Anthropology has four subfields: archaeology, anthropological linguistics, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. An anthropological education begins with taking courses representative of all four subfields.
Faculty changes: Dr. Elizabeth Scott (Archaeology) is retiring from the Department as of Fall 2013. We wish her well in her post-ISU endeavors. This ushers in a program change as Dr. Scott will not be accepting any new graduate students.
Resurrecting ISU history:The Old Main Project.
Principal Investigators: Drs. Gina Hunter (cultural anthropology) and Jim Skibo (archaeology).
Faculty News: Anthropology is proud of our Dr. James Skibo (archaeology) who has received the coveted Distinguished Professor Award for 2012. This prestigious award recognizes careers of scholarship and service of ISU facullty.
He is also the 2012 recipient of the Society of American Archaeology award for excellence in Archaeological analysis (see Spring 2012 highlights).
Dr. Fred H. Smith (biological anthropology) has been elevated to the distinguished position of University Professor, an award of singular academic merit and was publicly recognized at the Founder's Day (2.22.2013) convocation.
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Sampeck (historic archaeology) who receives the CAS 2012 Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award for pre-tenured faculty and Dr. Gina Hunter (cultural anthropology) who is the 2012 recipient of the CAS Kenneth and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship. This award provides support for teaching and mentoring initiatives.
Student Accolades 2013 - pending
The department maintains an active Anthropology student organization (SOSA) which includes annual activities such as an initiation bonfire and a Rites of Passage informal graduation celebration (a department tradition for over forty years).
Every Spring, high performing Anthropology majors and graduate students are invited to join the ISU chapter of Lambda Alpha, the national collegiate honor society for Anthropology.