Department of Anthropology
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The Anthropology Club
The club provides a diversity of activities revolving around anthropology such as field trips, guest speakers and films. Events will be posted here when available, learn more about the club in the special programs section of our website.
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Department-sponsored and anthropological events
Tuesday, March 11, 5:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge - "Becoming Black: A Meditation on Racialization" - talk by Emily Bernard, Professor of English. Professor Bernard's daughters weren't born black; they are Ethiopian by birth. Blackness is the social condition that largely determines their experiences in the United States. They were five years old when they absorbed the fact that black is an ideological, socio-political category that has little to do with actual skin color. They are gradually becoming black, even though they were born in a place where the concept of "blackness" does not exist. In this lecture, Bernard explores the way that blackness is learned and also lived.
Emily Bernard is Interim Director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies program. Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays and Best of Creative Non-Fiction. Bernard has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale University, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her most recent book is Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White.
Friday, March 14, 2:00 p.m., 511 Williams Hall - "Career Coffee Talk" - with Emily Manetta and Jonah Steinberg. Informal discussion with professors from UVM's Department of Anthropology, which provide a medium for students both to get to know their instructors on a personal level and seek out career and academic advice.
Friday, March 14, 6:00 p.m., Livak Ballroom, Davis Center - "Becoming a Bottom-Up Feminist" - talk by Emi Koyama. Emi is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is currently the director of Intersex Initiative. Emi lives in Seattle, Washington, and is putting the emi back in feminism since 1975.
Student Panels - 2:00-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:15 p.m. Reception: 5:15 p.m.
Monday, March 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel - "Keynote Speaker in Celebration of Women's History" - Charlayne Hunter-Gault - CNN's former Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Correspondent and former National Correspondent for PBS for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; author of In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia.
Tuesday, March 25, 6:00-7:15 p.m., 511 Williams Hall - "The 'Virtual Archaeologist:' using spatial simulation to connect behavioral models with data in arid Australia" - talk by Ben Davies, Ph.D. candidate, University of Auckland. The archaeological record of Australia’s arid regions is dominated by surface scatters of stone artifacts. Surface deposits have been notoriously difficult to interpret due to the mixing of artifacts from multiple time periods on to a common surface, with the outcome being a time-averaged palimpsest. Understanding this kind of record requires explanatory frameworks which reflect not only the processes generating the samples we obtain from the surface record, but populations of artifacts and features from which samples are drawn and the mechanisms used to sample them. Drawing from modeling research in ecology, this study uses spatial simulation methods to not only model the effects of differential place use and visibility on the dispersal of stone artifacts and heat-retainer hearths in a surface setting, but also the process of conducting an archaeological survey. The manufacture of artifacts is modeled using both experimental data and geometric approximations. The transport, and discard of stone artifacts and the construction of carbon-bearing hearths follow existing models of place use and distributions of resources. The roles of erosion and surface visibility are explicitly considered. Simulations are then placed within a specific context in Western New South Wales, Australia. The outcomes from different patterns of modeled place use are presented, and spatial samples are compared to corresponding samples from the archaeological record. Through simulation exercises such as this, archaeologists can evaluate assumptions upon which our interpretations are built and gain a better appreciation for the behavioral and formational processes which influence the character of the record.
Thursday, March 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 301 Williams Hall - "Girl Rising" - The film tells the stories of nine girls around the world, each facing a different struggle to acquire an education. Each girl was paired with a female writer from her country to tell her story. Between stories, some facts and figures are presented. The narrators are all Hollywood stars: Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, etc. The production values are extremely high. You can get more information on it here: http://www.rocoeducational.com/girl_rising.
From the website: Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl - and the world.
Nine unforgettable girls – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits – spotlighted in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. With stories by nine celebrated writers, voiced by nine renowned actresses including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek, Girl Rising introduces Sokha, an orphan who rises from a Cambodian dump to become a star pupil; Suma, who writes music to endure forced servitude in Nepal; Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own needs for her dreams; and six other heroines. The girls are unique, but the obstacles they face are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls in the world who dream of going to school, what they want most is to be students. Now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.
Friday, March 28, 2:00 p.m., 511 Williams Hall - "Graduate School Workshop" - Thinking about graduate school? Applying next fall - or just wondering about the possibility somewhere in the distant future? This workshop will help you think critically about your application, identify appropriate opportunities, and plan your application.
Friday, March 28, Davis Center - "Expanding Diversity: Speaking Up, Reaching Out, and Stepping Beyond" - presenters are Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania; Amer F. Ahmed, Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Daniel Sharfstein, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School; Lily Casura, Journalist and Creator and Founder of HealingCombatTrauma.com; Matt Glowacki, "Revolutionary" Diversity Speaker and Business Owner of MOGO Wheelchairs.
Registration and fee required - $20 fee for UVM employees and $30 fee for non-UVM employees. For more information and to register, please visit the website: www.uvm.edu/president/diversity/blackboardjungle.
Friday, April 11, 2:00 p.m., 511 Williams Hall - "Career Coffee Talk" - with Amy Trubek. Informal discussion with professors from UVM's Department of Anthropology, which provide a medium for students both to get to know their instructors on a personal level and seek out career and academic advice.
Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center - "Who Stole the American Dream?" - talk by Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter, Editor for The New York Times, Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent for the PBS show Frontline.
For questions regarding the event, please contact Bess Malson-Huddle at 802-656-0462.
CENTER FOR CULTURAL PLURALISM
Spring 2014 Social Justice Film Series
7:30 p.m. - L/L Commons, Room 216
Wednesday, March 26 - "The Fall of Womenland" - The Mosuo people, a small minority group in the southwest of China, are one of the last remaining matriarchies in the world. The Fall of Womenland looks at their unique sexual culture.
Wednesday, April 9 - "White Like Me" - Exploring race and racism in the U.S., White Like Me looks through the lens of whiteness and white privilege, based on the work of anti-racist educator Tim Wise.
For more information, contact the Center for Cultural Pluralism at 656-8833.
CENTER FOR CULTURAL PLURALISM
Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
461 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405
March 3-28 - "We All Come from Powerful Women" - We All Come from Powerful Women is a multi-artist, mixed media exhibit that celebrates the powerful and compassionate women in ALL of our lives. A reception featuring the artists will be held on Monday, March 24, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Allen House lounge.
March 31-April 18 - "Social Injustice" - The themes explored in Adam Vindigni's exhibit are identity formation, surviving social recognition, self-medication and sexual identity. The goal of his work is to depict the horrors and discomfort felt by being a social outcast, the use of drugs as a mask, and the consequences of cognitive dissonance that occurs due to expectations of society.
April 21-May 19 - "Unearthing Leadership: Redefining the Masks We Wear as Women of Color" - The Women of Color Leadership Retreat takes place each fall semester at UVM. During the retreat, women are invited to join in a mask-making workshop, led by Vanessa Santos Eugenio. This exhibit features these masks and the women's experience in creating their own Empowerment Masks. Vanessa Santos Eugenio is a Filipina American artist and the director of a local artist guild known as "We Art Women."
For more information, contact Roman Christiaens at 656-7990.
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