This past Wednesday, October 29, Associate Professor Maribel Alvarez spoke to an audience of about 500 at the Fox Tucson Theatre. The lecture, “We Eat What We Are,” was part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Downtown Lecture Series, which this year focuses on food. Dr. Alvarez will participate in a question and answer... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:30

Ph.D. candidate Don Anderson published an article, “The taxicab-hailing encounter: The politics of gesture in the interaction order” in the journal Semiotica. The abstract appears below; purchase the full article here.
Abstract: The forms of emblematic gesture and other communicative moves used in hailing taxicabs are... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:25

“Discourses on Death: Conceptualizing Grief, Loss, and Transformative Interaction” is an interdisciplinary conference hosted at the University of Arizona by Linguistic Anthropology Students from both the UA and UCLA. Timed to coordinate with the 25th Anniversary of the Tucson All Souls Procession, this conference is designed to connect community members both involved in and outside of academia on a subject that affects us all but is often avoided. The conference will include presentations by... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:24

In last week’s piece, “Amy Schott and William Reitze Make the News,” the Anthro News Digest failed to mention that School of Anthropology undergraduates Carly Stewart and Kathryn Turney were on the survey crew that found the Basketmaker site. At the time, they were working at the park as Archaeological Interns. The article has been updated to reflect this; read it ... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:43

Ph.D. candidate Robin Reineke, Executive Director of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, accepted the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Human Rights Award on behalf of Colibrí this month.
The Letelier-Moffitt awards are granted each year by the nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies to honor human... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:40

A letter written by Ph.D. candidate Gila Silverman opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was published in Anthropology News online. Gila’s letter commends AAA for taking on this difficult issue, and notes that anthropologists have an important role to play in furthering peace in the region. Anthropology can help us look beyond the deep fears, angers, and passions that characterize any discussion of the Middle East, and instead challenge us to examine our... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:38

Next Thursday, October 30, Mamadou Baro (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Associate Research Anthropologist, BARA) will participate in a special seminar/webinar sponsored by USAID and Feed the People. Titled “Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture and Food Security: Implications for Developing Climate Resilient Agriculture Programs,” the meeting will allow Dr. Baro and five other panelists to discuss the lessons from a recent program to assess climate change and... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:36

In partnership with Boise State University, Tammy Buonasera (Ph.D. Arizona, 2013; Visiting Scholar, SoA) held an experimental seed grinding session during the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), October 18, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. This was the first of several planned experimental food processing... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:34

School of Anthropology Ph.D. candidates Amy Schott and William Reitze have had a lot of national news coverage after an article was published by Western Digs on September 29 highlighting two large Basketmaker age villages that were found during the summers of 2013 and 2014 as part of an archaeological survey. Petrified Forest National Park, where both Amy and Bill are park archaeologists, is in the process of doubling in size, and the survey begins the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:11

In cooperation with archaeologists from the Coronado National Forest and students at the University of Arizona, in late September the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) undertook excavations at the Cave Creek Midden site in Cochise County, Arizona. Located on a privately-owned ranch adjacent to Coronado National Forest, the site was first excavated by E.B. “Ted” Sayles and Ernst Antevs in 1936, and is the type site for the Chiricahua Stage of the Cochise Culture. Led by... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:01