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Dr. Reber to give talk in North Carolina's Office of State Archaeology 2019 Lecture Series 

Associate Professor, Dr. Nora Reber, will guest speak at the North Carolina's Office of State Archaeology's lecture series, Trowel Blazers: Women Making History lecture series. This lecture series highlights women making a difference in archaeology across the state. All are welcome to join Dr. Reber's talk, "The Chemical Trowel: Using absorbed pottery residue analysis to interpret pottery use at Brunswick Town-Fort Anderson," in Raleigh, on July 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Can't make it? No worries, the talk will be live streamed on YouTube. Click here to live stream Dr. Reber's talk. 

For additional information on this event, please visit the OSA event website. The Office of State Archaeology (OSA) serves Northe Carolina's citizens through programs that identify archaeological resources, both on land and in the water. They help to protect the North Carolina's legacy though the application of state and federal laws and regulations. Learn about OSA here. 

Student Recognized for Environmental Justice Research on Social Effects of GenX


Anthropology major, Grey Caballero, was recently interviewed by his hometown newspaper, the Bladen Journal, to discuss the honors project “Contamination in the Cape Fear: Risk Perception and Community Organization in the GenX Issue” he is conducting under the direction of Dr. Alexander.  Grey began developing this research after taking Dr. Alexander’s Environmental Justice Ethnography course in Fall 2018.  

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 "Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement" Podcastsfaapodcasts.png

Anthropology Chair, Dr. William Alexander, organized and chaired a session at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting on March 20, 2019 that was selected to be recorded as a podcast. The session “Environmental Justice Ethnography in the Classroom: Teaching Activism, Inspiring Involvement” discusses course design, ethnographic literature, and class projects where students apply what they learn to their own communities. His talk is “The Classroom after the Disaster: Hurricane Florence and Environmental Justice Ethnography in Coastal North Carolina”  Click here for the SfAA podcast (link)

SfAA is the  primary professional association for anthropologists dedicated to “the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.” Learn about SfAA here: SfAAAll of the podcasts from SfAA Portland are available online.  

Study into Hurricane Florence Impact on Pregnant Women

Hurricane Florence GAPS Lab Study Picture

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Michaela Howells, is conducting a study on Mom's experiences before, during, and after hurricane Florence. Check out this recent news coverage discussing her study by WWAY News

Were you pregnant during the hurricane? Still Pregnant? You can help us understand how Florence affected you and your pregnancy. Contact us at 910-962-3431, and join us on facebook at GAPS-Lab- Growth Adaptation Pregnancy Stress. Participants are thanked with gift cards. This study has been approved by the UNCW Internal Review Board #19-0086. 


The Anthropology Department welcomes Dr. William Alexander in his new role as Department Chair

Long-time Anthropology Faculty member Dr. William Alexander has assumed the role of Anthropology Department Chair beginning in the Summer of 2018.  Dr. Alexander will replace Dr. Nora Reber who has led the Department as Chair for the last 8 years.  The Anthropology Department would like to recognize and thank Dr. Reber for her outstanding service!

Rally to Support Bob Brennan

Longtime Cape Fear Community College Lecturer of History Bob Brennan has been diagnosed with End Stage Lung Disease and needs your support.  Below you will find a link to Professor Brennan's GoFundMe page, where already almost $30,000 of Bob's $40,000 goal has been raised.  Please share this wherever possible.  We encourage anyone to donate whatever they can.

Bob Brennan

Additionally, the CFCC Anthropology Department is hosting a fundraiser for Bob on Thursday, February 8th.  The fundraiser will be held in the Union Station Building on the CFCC campus in room U-170.  Admission is $10 with all proceeds going to Professor Brennan's medical bills.  Please join us in support of our friend and colleague.

History Bowl


Welcome to the Spring 2018 Semester!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Spring semester!  We'd like to welcome Ross Whisenant, our new department admin, to the Anthropology office--please drop by and welcome Ross to the department!  We will continue our Brown Bag Brunch series with a talk by Dr. Barbara Michael at a day and time to be announced soon.  We will also be welcoming two new speakers in the Engaging Global Perspectives series.  Dr. Gabrielle Vail will be speaking the week of March 16 on her ethnohistorical studies of Mayan people, both in Belize and the United States.  She also plans to give a workshop on Mayan Codices, so get ready for a great event!  On April 16, Angela Steusse will be discussing health issues and community issues regarding Latino chicken factory workers in Mississippi.  Applications for Spring 2018 Lambda Alpha are due to Dr. Reber, in OH 1018L, or Ross Whisenant, in the Department Office, by February 15.  We hope you enjoyed the recent snow and winter weather we experienced, and are looking forward to a great spring!

Anthropology activities coming up!

On Wednesday, November 15 at 11 AM, we will be inaugurating our Brown Bag Brunch series, with a talk about Maya Use of Mercury with Dr. Elizabeth Penton.  Please join us in the Applied Learning space (OH 1018)!  Coffee and light refreshments will be served!

Then, on Thursday, November 20, Dr. Amy Parish will be visiting us, with some more exciting activities!  Dr. Parish has studied bonobos and bonobo language for 25 years, and is interested in the intersection of anthropology, psychology, and evolution--this is a terrific opportunity for everyone to get to meet a really exciting scholar!

Thursday, November 20 at 11 AM, Dr. Parish will be hosting a Primatology Coffee in the Applied Learning space.  Any students even slightly interested in primate studies should drop by the Applied Learning Space (OH 1018) for an informal and entertaining discussion with Dr. Parish!

Thursday, November 20 at 6:30, Dr. Parish will be giving her main talk in Randall Library Auditorium:  "Reflections on Our Closest Living Relatives and Ourselves:  Sex, Bonding and Dominance in Bonobos".  For more information, please visit our Engaging Global Perspectives page!

Welcoming you and the Fall 2017 semester

August 2017

Welcome back everyone, the fall semester is now underway and the Anthropology Department is excited to have another year of guest lecturers come to campus, please check News and the Engaging Global Perspectives 2017-18 Lecture Series page for upcoming events.  Dr. Marc Kissel will be here September 7 @ 5:30 PM (RL 2047) for a lecture on how paleoanthropology can help us understand our place in nature. Also, Lambda Alpha applications will be due Sept 15, 2017 to Dr. Reber (Osprey 1018L).  The department will be hosting an open house/new semester party, Wednesday, August 30 12-2PM in the Osprey Hall lobby downstairs.  Hope everyone enjoyed watching the solar eclipse this month!  

New faculty, more guest speakers, Anthro news

March 2017

The UNCW Anthropology Department is happy to announce that Dr. Hikmet Kocamaner, presently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, has accepted our offer of employment, and will be an Assistant Professor teaching here beginning in Fall 2017! For those of you who were unable to attend any of the events with Dr. Kocamaner, he is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Middle East Anthropology, Islam, gender issues, kinship and family in Turkey and the Middle East—this has also led him to an interest in the perception of Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Summer and Fall Registration opens April 3, so please meet with your advisors beforehand to stay on track with your classes. Anthropology Departmental Commencement will be Saturday, May 6 @ 3:30 in Fisher Union Azalea Coast Room.
Chris Lynn and students in Applied Learning room
Dr. Christopher D. Lynn & students take coffee break in Applied Learning room

Dr. Christopher D. Lynn, University of Alabama, led an informative coffee break with some of our students and the Anthropology Club members on March 14, ahead of his guest lecture. There was also a great turn out to his Tattoos speaking engagement.
Next up, we have a lecture about the Archaeology of Piracy with Dr. Charles Ewen in April. Please see lecture series page for details.

Anthropology Day 2017, Darwin Day 2017, and guest lecture coming this month

February 2017  

Come celebrate Anthropology Day February 16th, 2017 in the Applied Learning room (OS 1018) for pizza + fun, 11:30-2:30. Share some food with friends and reflect on how much fun Anthropology is!
Anthropology Club celebrated another successful Darwin Day on February 7th, with over 150 attendees.  There was a plethora of information given in the lightning talks from multiple professors and scholars, and Dr. Robinson and Dr. Howells, dressed as peppered moths, made sure to entertain the crowd throughout the evening.

On Tuesday, February 28, John Mintz, Deputy State Archeologist, will be giving a talk on Battlefield Archaeology at 5:30 PM in Kenan 1111.   Mr. Mintz has worked at the Office of the State Archaeologist since 1998, and has considerable experience in battlefield archaeology, remote sensing, archaeological conservation, and public outreach.  He represents a huge amount of practical archaeological knowledge about a number of fields, including who is hiring in archaeology in the area.  If you are at all interested in archaeology, you should seriously consider attending.

The advising period for Summer and Fall 2017 will begin around March 20—you have about a month to think about classes, independent studies, Honors projects, and internships!  Please contact Dr. Reber if you’re interested in one of our internships, which are posted at field school and internships page !  We also have new sites at Feast Down East, the Interfaith Refugee Ministry, and are working with the Historic Wilmington Foundation to set up another new site.

Applications for Lambda Alpha membership are due March 3—details are posted on here.   For those of you who are already members of Lambda Alpha, you could consider applying for the Lambda Alpha scholarship, a merit-based $5000 award!  Details are on the Lambda Alpha page, and then contact Dr. Reber if you’re interested.

UNCW Darwin Day event
UNCW Anthropology's Darwin Day 2017 celebratory cupcakes

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 graduates! Also new field school opportunities, and more

December 2016

Graduates, see you on Saturday for the Anthropology Commencement ceremony, December 10, 2016 @ 11AM Clocktower Lounge, and of course later at the CAS Commencement @ 1PM Trask Coliseum, Congratulations to Amanda Payne for receiving the Sabella award this semester.

We have another guest lecturer coming on February 28 @ 5:30, see our lecture series page for details.

The Anthropology Dept has new field schools and internship opportunities for spring and summer 2017, please check the field school & internships page for information.