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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparing for Long Periods of Uncertainty

By Diane Austin, Director


While walking in the park Sunday morning, I began reflecting on similarities between the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and the Deepwater Horizon disaster which began with the blowout of the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico almost ten years ago, on April 20, 2010. On the surface, these two disasters look quite different. The oil disaster began with the immediate deaths of eleven men and injury of seventeen... Read more

Special Message from the SoA Director

Greetings All!

It has been a busy ten days in the School of Anthropology, and I am writing to provide some key highlights of what has been happening and, especially for those of you who have not been inundated by multiple emails per day, how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to ensuring that students complete the semester, take their comprehensive exams and defend their theses and dissertations, and graduate as planned; that research continues; and that no... Read more

2020 Sabbagh Lecture: Sherine Hamdy, "Comics, Gender, and Knowledge Production in the Arab World"

Sherine Hamdy, Ph.D., who is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, will speak on “Comics, Gender, and Knowledge Production in the Arab World.” The lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East 2nd Street.

Both the lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

About the Speaker

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Schott to Lead at Glen Canyon

Recent Ph.D. Amy Schott (August 2019) has accepted a position as the lead archaeologist at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where she will start at the end of October. Amy has been working for the National Park for more than eight years while completing her... Read more

Sittler Defends MA with SoA and BARA Committee

The SoA and BARA congratulate Christopher E. Sittler on his successful defense of his M.A. thesis in Latin America Studies, “The Last Fishermen: Identity, Risk, and Reproduction of Artisanal Fishers on the Utila Cays.” Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork with multiple fishing families residing on Utila Cays, situated off mainland Honduras, the... Read more

Bellorado Presents at Crow Canyon for Lister Fellowship

On Friday, October 18, doctoral candidate Ben Bellorado will give a presentation at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado as part of his obligations for receiving the prestigious 2017–2019 Florence C. and Robert H. Lister Fellowship. The Lister Fellowship was established in recognition of the... Read more

Silverstein and Ren Members of Sawyer Seminar

Associate Professor Brian Silverstein is part of a new team of UA scholars that will explore the effects of neoliberalism on political climates and social life thanks to a grant for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $225,000 grant will support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, titled “Neoliberalism at the... Read more

Downtown Lecture Series Videos: MacLean and Zedeño

Two SoA faculty members participated in the Downtown Lecture Series produced by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences each year. Assistant Professor Evan MacLean spoke about “The Thinking Dog” on October 3 and Professor María Nieves Zedeño gave the lecture... Read more

Recent Publications: Grad Student Piece in UA Press Book; Book Release Event

Graduate student Michelle Rascon-Canales has an essay in a new book from UA Press. Her piece “‘Broken-Heartedness’ or Systematic Police Killings: Testimonios and Sequelae Deaths” is included in Roberto Rodriguez’s new book, Yolqui: A Warrior Summoned from the Spirit World. The book’s cover shows... Read more

BARA Pair Teams with Tulane for Gulf Research Project

Diane Austin (School of Anthropology Professor and Director) and Ben McMahan (Assistant Professor of Anthropolgy) of BARA are the University of Arizona co-investigators on a three-year, $2.1 million research project awarded to Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine on behalf of an... Read more