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  • Bringing Sexual Assault on College Campuses into the Open

    Bringing Sexual Assault on College Campuses into the Open

                    For the past thirty years the Violence against Women class has been learning how violence impacts women in our society. In 2014, the  presented workshops for pre-health students and for students interested in sexual assault policy review, opened forums for young men on campus to talk through […]
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  • Campus Visit: Ashley Smith '08

    Campus Visit: Ashley Smith '08

      Ashley Smith '08, PhD(c) at Cornell University will be speaking on Monday March 24th at 9:30 in Watson 102. She will be discussing the ways that New England is a contested space in history and today drawing from her dissertation entitled "We Have Never Not Been Here": Pace, History and Belonging in Native New […]
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  • Alumni Update: Isaac Lliguin ’11  Kognito Interactive

    Alumni Update: Isaac Lliguin ’11 Kognito Interactive

    Isaac Llinguin '11 is currently working as a Manager of Higher Education Accounts at Kotgnito Interactive. Kognito Interactive is a fast paced, tech savvy, award-winning developer of role-playing training simulations and games in the areas of health and behavioral health. Isaac works to market online and mobile simulations where users learn effective communication tactics for […]
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  • Internship: Mary Mother Church Hospital Lerang'wa, Tanzania

    Internship: Mary Mother Church Hospital Lerang'wa, Tanzania

    Anthropology majors with interests in Global or Public Health have been interning in a hospital in Tanzania. Maye Emlein '14 describes her experience in the Summer 2013: "Springboarding off of Donna Kerner’s faculty lead trip to Tanzania in the Summer of 2013 I began a 1 month internship at the Mary Mother of the Church […]
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  • Alumni Update: Sarah Cressey '13 Making it Happen in Maine

    Alumni Update: Sarah Cressey '13 Making it Happen in Maine

    After graduating Sara Cressey ’13 began her work  at Portland High School where she is the coordinator of Make It Happen, an academic support and college readiness program for refugee and immigrant high school students for whom English is not the first language.  Sara works with about forty students, meeting with them individually to go […]
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  • Budding Scholars on campus and Beyond!

    Budding Scholars on campus and Beyond!

    Congratulations to the presenters at Senior Symposium 2014 and four Anthropology majors are set to present at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The anthropology class of 2014 who finished the senior thesis presentations this month. Presenting on their own ethnographic research collected in Bhutan, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Samoa, Tanzania, South Africa and the […]
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  • Alumni Update: Atsuyoshi Ishizumi '12

    Alumni Update: Atsuyoshi Ishizumi '12

    Atsu Ishizumi '12, is currently working in Tokyo as Research Executive for Flamingo, an international brand consultancy. After completing his Wheaton College degree, Atsu completed a Masters in Social Anthropology at Oxford University. Today, Atsu writes anthropology in the public sphere continuing to develop a passion that he first found in our department.
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  • Orly Clerge speaks at podium

    Orly Clerge Keynote Speaker

    Orly Clerge '05 delivers Keynote Lecture at Wheaton's 32nd Sociology & Anthropology Symposium.
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  • 32nd Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium Jan 29 and 30, 2014

      On January 29th and 30th, 2014 senior anthropology majors will be showcasing their thesis research. Please join us for the 32nd Annual Sociology Anthropology Senior Research Symposium. If you are planning to attend the Symposium dinner please sign up!
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  • Alumni Update and Campus Visit: Esther Jeoung '08

    Alumni Update and Campus Visit: Esther Jeoung '08

    Esther Jeoung '08 will be visiting campus November 11th, 2013 to Speak in Professor Allen's Music and Dance of South Asia in Watson 122 from 3:30-4:50. Thanks to the efforts of Professor Allen and Worldfest for making this visit possible. All are welcome to attend! After graduating from Wheaton College, Esther was a Fulbright Fellow to […]
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  • Internships, Internships!

    Internships, Internships!

    On Friday November 8th, 2013, twelve Anthropology majors will be featuring their internship experience at this year's Internship Showcase. Senior majors Nurit Applbaum, Maye Emlein, Jennifer Irving, Benjamin Kragen, Katherine Ullrich, Hannah Reier and Patrick Crane are all presenting on their work this past summer as they prepare to take their experience beyond Wheaton. Kimberley Hurst, Cecilia Kruger, Naomi Muskovin, Shirley Ngai, and Margaret Yurgielewicz are presenting on their work as they […]
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  • Professor Torres and Peter Coco on Web Writing in Anthropology

    Professor Torres and Peter Coco on Web Writing in Anthropology

    Professor M. Gabriela Torres and Peter Coco have submitted a paper entitled "Curation in Writing: Using a "Building" and "Breaking" Pedagogy to Teach Culture in the Digital Age" for open peer review in a digital book-in-progress, Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning, under contract with Michigan Publishing. The volume is […]
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  • Internship: Guatemala City

    Internship: Guatemala City

    Katherine Ullrich '14 has worked at health clinics in two Latin American countries since coming to Wheaton College. In 2013 she worked at Hospital San Luis in Otavalo, Ecuador where she learned how nationalism and medical care come together as the hospital adopts an intercultural health model that aims to be more inclusive of indigenous […]
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  • Congratulations to Anthro 2013!

    Congratulations to Anthro 2013!

    We celebrate our amazing seniors! We are amazed by their achievements and the pathways they have set out. As a group they are highly decorated: Nanako Ota graduated Suma Cum Laude; Sara Cressey, Margaux Charpentier, Kristin Riddell and Ashley Wich all graduated Magna Cum Laude; and Alexandra Barrie, Molly Horan graduated Cum Laude. Four of […]
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  • Alumni Update: Megan Tibbs Americorp's National Civilian Community Corps

    Alumni Update: Megan Tibbs Americorp's National Civilian Community Corps

    After graduating from Wheaton, I was accepted to the Southwest campus for Americorp’s National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). I flew out to Denver, Colorado, where I had a month of training then got placed in a team. My team’s first SPIKE (what we call projects) was in Crown King, Arizona, which is a tiny gold […]
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  • Study Abroad Update: Connections to the World in the Heart of London

    Study Abroad Update: Connections to the World in the Heart of London

    This past fall semester, junior Anthropology major Emily Dewet studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a school in the University of London. SOAS specializes in the study of Africa and the Near and Middle East, with undergraduate and graduate students studying everything from social sciences to the arts. Located in historic […]
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  • Professor Bruce Owens leads Wheaton College's Semester in Bhutan at Royal Thimpu College

    Professor Bruce Owens leads Wheaton College's Semester in Bhutan at Royal Thimpu College

    Professor Bruce Owens is leading 11 students in a semester of study in Bhutan in the Spring 2013. This is the fourth group of Wheaton College students that will spend a term at Royal Thimphu College. Anthropology majors Benjamin Kragen '14 and Ariel Eaton '14 will be joining the Thimpu community and interning while they […]
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  • Professor Eric Kelley's new publication in Cultural Survival

    Professor Eric Kelley's new publication in Cultural Survival

    Visiting Instructor of Anthropology, Professor Eric Kelley's new publication in Cultural Survival Quarterly on the land tenure struggles of the Avá-Guaraní in Paraguay touches on issues shared by many indigenous peoples of the Americas. Professor Kelley's account of the eviction process that the community of Yva Poty suffers resonates with the tentative land tenure  many […]
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  • Cecilia Menjivar to Speak at 31st Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium

    Cecilia Menjivar to Speak at 31st Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium

    Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the T. Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University is the Cole Lecturer at the 31st Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium dinner. Cecilia Menjivar's research examines the social worlds of individuals who live in hostile and violent environments. In her research such adverse […]
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  • Study Abroad Update:“Open Living” as a Transformative Experience

    Study Abroad Update:“Open Living” as a Transformative Experience

    Kristin Riddell '13 found her study abroad experience in Samoa "the epitome of what study abroad should be." As an Anthropology major Kristin was happy to learn much from her homestays, field trips and “excursions” to Fiji and American Samoa. According to Riddell, the "two months worth of classroom learning provided a background for the […]
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  • Engaged Anthropology

    Engaged Anthropology

    First rate pedagogy has a good fit with carefully considered political engagement. In November 2012, Professor Kerner and the students in her methods class demonstrated that the knowledge gleaned from Anthropology can be used to encourage transformation. As quoted in a recent Wheaton Wire article, Professor Kerner "challenged the class to come up with something […]
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  • Learning through Community Engagement

    Learning through Community Engagement

    A partnership has developed between students in Anthropology 215:  Tanzania: Education and Development and local Norton middle school students. This partnership builds on Anthropology's commitment to share the knowledge gained through deep engagement with a wide range of publics. A recent Attleboro Sun Chronicle article outlines how in a brief presentation Wheaton students guide Norton […]
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  • Feast and Famine: Food Summit

    Through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Service, Spirituality and Social Responsibility, the student food group AfterTaste, Professor Donna Kerner and students of her Anthropology class, FEAST or Famine, all came together to host a series of talks about food. Over the course of three nights conversations were held on food topics ranging from […]
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  • Preparing for Senior Year Meeting for Juniors and Traveling Sophomores

    Preparing for Senior Year Meeting for Juniors and Traveling Sophomores

    On November 6th at 5:00 we will be hosting a meeting for all juniors on currently on campus and sophomores who plant to study abroad for the full year or in the Fall 2013. In our meeting we will discuss what you should think about before your senior year, how to seize opportunities available to […]
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  • Alumni Connections: Moving Beyond Wheaton

    Alumni Connections: Moving Beyond Wheaton

    In the Spring 2012 Binh Nguyen ’99 came to visit campus as part of the Health Care Without Borders Alumni Connections panel sponsored by the Filene Center, the Office of the Provost and the Anthropology Department. Bihh Nguyen graduated with an anthropology major in '99 and now works as the Director of Global Operations at […]
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  • Professors Torres and Yllo to Host an International Conference on Sexual Violence at Wheaton College

    Professors Torres and Yllo to Host an International Conference on Sexual Violence at Wheaton College

    Professors Yllo and Torres received a Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant to host a workshop on global perspectives on sexual violence in marriage at Wheaton College. The workshop promotes the development of anthropological research and theory on kinship, gender, violence and social suffering. In the Spring 2013, the workshop will bring together anthropologists with scholars who […]
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  • Wordly Scholar- Margaux Fisher '12

    Wordly Scholar- Margaux Fisher '12

    Margaux Fisher relishes opportunities to dive into new cultures. When she was 14, Fisher traveled to China with her mother and fell under the country's spell.
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  • Haldane

    Professor Hilary Haldane to Speak at Wheaton

    Professor Haldane (Quinnipiac University) will speak on "When Human and natural Disasters Collide: Understanding the Violence of Everyday Life."
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  • Margaux Fisher in China

    Anthropology Major Margaux Fisher '12 Wins Fulbright to Taiwan

    Margaux's senior thesis further developed her interest in Chinese diaspora communities.
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  • Violence Against Women Symposium

    Violence Against Women Symposium

    The Violence Against Women Symposium is a project by the Anthropology 311 class to raise awareness of violence against women, and examine its manifestations in the world and on Wheaton's campus. Our class, friends, faculty and staff from all across campus are working to get people talking about the issues involved in violence against women […]
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  • Faculty: Tech 'n Talk, Professor Donna Kerner

    Faculty: Tech 'n Talk, Professor Donna Kerner

    Digital Storytelling: Does narrative have a place in scholarship? Tuesday, April 3 at 12:30 in Faculty Dining. Many are beginning to see short, narrative multimedia as a compelling complement to traditional forms such as the venerable research paper. Join Donna Kerner as she describes how new media has pushed her students’ work in new directions, and opened […]
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  • Health Careers Without Borders

    Health Careers Without Borders

    The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services and the Provost Office at Wheaton College Invite you to Join Health Careers without Borders Panel, a science at the Center Event featuring Anthropology Alumni working in Health Care At the Diana Spencer Café, Mars Center for Science and Technology on Thursday March 29th, 2012 from […]
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  • Student Scholarship: Sally Dexter '12 and Margaux Fisher '12

    Student Scholarship: Sally Dexter '12 and Margaux Fisher '12

    Anthropology majors Sally Dexter ’12 and Marxaux Fisher ’12 traveled to South Bend, IN to present their Independent Study Projects conducted through their SIT Study Abroad programs at the World Learning’s Human Development conference on February 10th and 11th, 2012. Faces Behind the Figures: Visions of Progress, Prosperity, and Human Potential was the conference theme. […]
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  • Faculty Lunch Talk: Professor Torres

    Faculty Lunch Talk: Professor Torres

    On Thursday March 22, 2012 at 12:30 in the President's Dinning Room, Professor Torres will present the paper "Show That You Fear God! Tracing Guatemala's Political Economy of Morality and Gender" as part of the Provost Office's Faculty Lunch Talks. Her paper looks at how military and religious ideologies magnified gender inequities in Guatemala’s Civil […]
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  • Alumni Update: A Taste For Maine

    Alumni Update: A Taste For Maine

    What’s the recipe for a life that combines fine food, a passion for the study of cultural identity, and a love for the landscape of Northern Maine?  Donna Kerner catches up with Marie Curcio Yarborough ’93.  What made you decide to pursue and Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Southern Maine? The […]
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  • Professor Tobin publishes on Jordan's Arab Spring in the Journal Middle East Policy

    Professor Tobin publishes on Jordan's Arab Spring in the Journal Middle East Policy

    Professor Sarah Tobin published "Jordan's Arab Spring: The Middle Class and the Anti-Revolution" in Middle East Policy Spring 2012, Volume XIX, Number 1. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and recent interviews, Professor Tobin's paper examines the role of the emergent middle class in Amman in shaping national politics, especially anti-revolutionary positions during the Arab Spring.
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  • Anthropology Club Presents: The Struggle Garden, A Study Abroad Documentary Project

    Anthropology Club Presents: The Struggle Garden, A Study Abroad Documentary Project

    Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM  Knapton Lecture Hall "The Struggle Garden is a movie about the complications of refugee life in Uganda, the hopes and the failures refugees face everyday, and a world of good intentioned non-profit workers who are faced with a seemingly impossible problem." -Jack Davis (Northwestern University, SIT Uganda 2010) This […]
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  • Out of Africa, Into Norton

    Out of Africa, Into Norton

    Anthropology majors, Emily Dewet '14 and Jennifer Irving '14, made news last week (Attleboro Sun Chronicle 2/11/2012) when they were  joined by four other 2011 Wheaton-in-Tanzania program participants to conduct a three hour workshop in the Norton Middle School.  Two sixth grade Geography teachers at the middle school, Kimberly Spence and Barbara Nado spent the […]
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  • The Accidental Anthropologist, Professor William Fisher to Speak at the 30th Annual Anthropology and Sociology Senior Symposium

    The Accidental Anthropologist, Professor William Fisher to Speak at the 30th Annual Anthropology and Sociology Senior Symposium

    The 30th Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Symposium Keynote Speaker is William F. Fisher, Professor of International Development and Social Change and Director of the International Development, Community, and Environment (I.D.C.E.) Graduate Program at Clark University. Professor Fisher discusses the ins and outs of entering our discipline in a talk entitled "The Accidental Anthropologist." He […]
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  • Alumni Update: Selam Alemayo '04

    Alumni Update: Selam Alemayo '04

    Dr. Selam Alemayo '04, is working as a Socio-Cultural Adviser at the Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa. As a senior at Wheaton College she focused her thesis work on gender and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. After graduating from Wheaton College, Selam Alemayo completed a Ph.D. Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University with a […]
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  • Prof. Sarah Tobin Speaks on the Arab Spring

    Prof. Sarah Tobin Speaks on the Arab Spring

    Professor Sarah Tobin spoke about the Arab Spring at the Flash Seminar Series, a student-run program of short lectures on current and engaging topics. The flash seminars are intended is to create an informal venue for intellectual conversations outside the classroom.  
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  • Internship: INFORSE-Europe in Arhus, Denmark and Zelena Akcija in Split, Croatia

    Internship: INFORSE-Europe in Arhus, Denmark and Zelena Akcija in Split, Croatia

    For the Summer 2011, Kate Stanley '12 used her Davis Fellowship by working for two environmental advocacy organizations in Europe: INFORSE-Europe in Arhus, Denmark and Zelena Akcija in Split, Croatia. Reflecting on her experience Kate writes: "In Denmark, I worked in an office and created promotional materials, researched some case studies on sustainable practices and […]
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  • Professor Torres wins NECLAS 2011 Best Article Award

    Professor Torres wins NECLAS 2011 Best Article Award

    The New England Council of Latin American Studies awarded its 2011 Best Article Prize to an article co-authored by Professor Torres. Precursors to Femicide: Guatemalan Women in a Vortex of Violence by David Carey, Jr and M. Gabriela Torres published in the Latin American Research Review, vol. 45, no. 3 was recognized by the committee […]
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  • Internship: RangSutra in Uttar Pradesh, India

    Internship: RangSutra in Uttar Pradesh, India

    Reflecting on the opportunity afforded to her by the Davis International Fellows Program, Sally Dexter '12 writes: "I had never had the opportunity to study or work with a group of people so closely as the women of eastern Uttar Pradesh. My boss, Dr. Dipti Singh, gave me phenomenal insight into women’s economic empowerment and […]
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  • Professor Kerner in Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action

    Professor Kerner in Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action

    Professor Donna Kerner in collaboration with Patrick Rashleigh and the Wheaton in Tanzania 2011 Program published "Letters of Hope" in CURA's inaugural issue: Casa (Issue 1). The crafted letter from Tanzanian high school students to President Obama beautifully expresses Professor Kerner's desire to craft a course experience where American students could work in the service […]
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  • Latino Music and Identity

    Latino Music and Identity

    A talk by Deborah Pacini Hernandez Monday November 7th, 2011 at 12:30 Mary Lyon 211    
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  • Internship: Pratit International in Kolkata, India

    Internship: Pratit International in Kolkata, India

    As a recipient of the Davis International Fellowship, Claire Rowell '12 traveled to Kolkata, India, to intern with Pratit International, a small University of Pennsylvania associated non-profit that seeks to target issues of poverty at the health, educational, and community levels. As part of her internship, Claire supported the set-up of medical clinics, ran educational sessions, […]
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  • Anthropology Club Presents

    Anthropology Club Presents

    In collaboration with Aftertaste and Amnesty International, the Anthropology Club presents Beth Ann Caspersen ’96, head of quality control at Equal Exchange for a talk about the ongoing civil war in the Congo and what Equal Exchange is doing to help. 6:30-8 PM November 1, 2011 Holman Room, Mary Lyon Come for a potluck style […]
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  • Honk! Anthropology at Work and Play!

    Honk! Anthropology at Work and Play!

    In October 2011, Professors Bruce Owens, Julie Searles and Gabriela Torres participated in HONK! 2011, a festival of activist street bands. They joined fellow anthropologists from Tufts University and paraded as part of the "Endangers Species with Lipstick" comparza. Students from Anthropology 226: The Anthropology of Art, Anthropology 401: Senior Seminar and FYS:Social Empowerment through […]
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  • Internship: Curious City in Maine

    Internship: Curious City in Maine

    In the summer 2011, Laura Donovan '12 worked at Curious City in Portland, Maine after meeting Wheaton College Alumna Kirsten Cappy '92 at a Majors Connection event earlier in February. Curious City is a children's book consulting company that works to connect young readers to booksellers and authors. Curious City addresses the promotional gaps felt […]
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  • Mayan Women's Silence and Speech in the Struggles for Truth and Justice

    Mayan Women's Silence and Speech in the Struggles for Truth and Justice

    a lecture and discussion with M. Brinton Lykes (Boston College) October 6th, 2011. 5pm in Mary Lyon 211. Exploring strengths and limitations of the creative arts and activist scholarship over time, Professor Lykes will chronicle nearly three decades of participatory and action research with rural Mayan women who survived gross violations of human rights including […]
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  • Letters of Hope

    Letters of Hope

    In the summer of 2011, a group of Wheaton College students worked as secondary school English enrichment teachers in Northern Tanzania. In designing the field course "East Africa: Education and Development", Professor Kerner envisioned an experience where American students could work in the service of Tanzanian communities. Could Wheaton students help? Secondary school education became […]
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  • Alumni Update:  Rob Rubinoff ’94, Interactive Director at Mad Genius

    Alumni Update: Rob Rubinoff ’94, Interactive Director at Mad Genius

    Rob Rubinoff ’94, Interactive Director at Mad Genius (Jackson, MS) talks about how Anthropology influenced his life and work in the field of advertising, media,  and technology, and why he has a commitment to bridging the digital divide. Why do you think you majored in anthropology at Wheaton? At first it was the subject matter. […]
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  • Abroad Experience: Adina Menashe '12 The Challenge of Globalization in the Altiplano

    Abroad Experience: Adina Menashe '12 The Challenge of Globalization in the Altiplano

    Adina Menashe, ‘12 writes of her semester on the School for International Training Program in Bolivia: Before I came to Bolivia, all I really knew about the country was that an indigenous leader, Evo Morales, was president.  My only requirements for going abroad were that I wanted to study with the School for International Training […]
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  • Internship: 2011 American Anthropological Association Summer Intern

    Internship: 2011 American Anthropological Association Summer Intern

    Juliana Bennington '12 interned in the inaugural year of the American Anthropological Association's Summer Internship Program in the summer of 2011. She was one of two interns selected from around the country to develop their knowledge of the association and skill in the discipline. After interning with the World Health Organization in the Spring of […]
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  • Abroad Experience: Auckland via Christchurch

    Abroad Experience: Auckland via Christchurch

    Lindsey Cobb '12 began her study abroad experience in the Spring 2011 at the University of Canterbury in Chirstchurch, NZ. After the 6.3 earthquake that deeply impacted Chirstchurch in  February 22nd 2011, Lindsey moved to complete her studies at the University of Auckland. Speaking about her abroad experience Lindsey said: "Moving from Christchurch was bittersweet.. […]
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  • Alumni Update: Michelle Seidman '10 with Americorps and Super Star Literacy

    Alumni Update: Michelle Seidman '10 with Americorps and Super Star Literacy

    Michelle Seidman '10 has taken her degree in Anthropology to shape the early literacy experiences of kindergarteners in Oakland California. Reflecting on her experience working with Americorps and Super Star Literacy in 2010-11,Michelle writes: "For the past year I have been working as an AmeriCorps member with a program called Super Stars Literacy, an early […]
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  • Alumni Update:  Ashley Smith ‘08 Tracking a PhD

    Alumni Update: Ashley Smith ‘08 Tracking a PhD

    TRACKING A PHD Ashley Smith 2008 is studying toward her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Cornell University.  After completing her BA in Anthropology at Wheaton, Ashley spent a year in Quebec, Canada on a Fulbright conducing research on Abenaki identity in preparation for her doctoral fieldwork.  She talked to Donna Kerner at the American Anthropological Association […]
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  • Margaux Fisher in China

    A Path to Empowerment Along the Silk Road

    Margaux Fisher ’12 writes to us about her Study Abroad Year in China: “I’m a junior studying abroad in China for a year. I spent my fall semester in an SIT program at Yunnan Minorities University in Kunming. My classes were in English for the most part and included Chinese Culture and Ethnic Minorities Seminar, […]
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  • Congratulations to Sally Dexter '12, Elana Jabbour '12, Claire Rowell '12 and Katherine Stanley '12 our newest Davis International Fellows!

    Congratulations to Sally Dexter '12, Elana Jabbour '12, Claire Rowell '12 and Katherine Stanley '12 our newest Davis International Fellows!

    Our Davis Fellows are planning exciting and productive summers all around the world! In the summer of 2011, Claire Rowell '12 will work on two economic and social development projects as research and development intern within Pratit International. The work of Pratit International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization, is founded in the principles of implementing […]
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  • Congratulations to Tofani Grava '11!

    Congratulations to Tofani Grava '11!

    At the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium Student Conference (GBAC), Tofani Grava was the winner of the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Prize. Tofani Grava ’11, winner of the 7th Annual GBAC student conference held at Brandeis University April 8, 2011 presented the results of her Honors Thesis research “The Mormon Culture of Community and Recruitment.” Tofani […]
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  • Congratulations Merretta! Our Newest Davis Projects for Peace Winner!

    Congratulations Merretta! Our Newest Davis Projects for Peace Winner!

    Building on her work as a 2010 Davis International Fellow, Merretta Dickinson is set to return to Namibia to change lives through education as a 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Winner. "I discovered that I have a passion for helping others, one stronger than I had thought," she says, recalling her work in an after-school […]
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  • Aching for Japan

    Aching for Japan

    As we watch the images and hear the sounds of suffering from Japan's recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, we cannot help remembering that the pain hits at home for some of our own Anthropology majors. Our hearts go out to you and to your friends and families. We deeply admire how, from afar, students […]
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  • Like Anthropology for Chocolate?

    Like Anthropology for Chocolate?

    Learn more about what where your degree in Anthropology can take you at this Special Workshop Friday February 4 11–12 New Yellow Parlour, Balfour Hood (coffee and pastries too!).  "International Market Research, Global Brands and Cross-cultural Meaning:  Positioning Godiva in the Chocolate World." Putting Your Anthropology Degree to Work Maryann McCabe, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, University […]
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  • Internship: Media del Monte in TX

    Internship: Media del Monte in TX

    Gabriela Trevino '13 featured in Wheaton People volunteered with a program called Media del Monte, which is a six-week intensive media literacy workshop for rural South Texas youth. The workshop took place in Encinal, Texas, which is about 100 miles south of San Antonio and 40 miles north of Laredo. Gabriela, along with two other […]
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  • A Passion for International Health Care

    A Passion for International Health Care

    A Passion for International Health Care Sarah Hudson  (2006) discovered her passion for work in the field of international health during her undergraduate career as a dual major in Anthropology and French at Wheaton.  During her junior year abroad (and the summer thereafter, funded by a Davis grant for overseas research) Sarah studied indigenous social […]
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  • Anne Galvin studies the relationship between development, violence, and popular culture in Jamaica

    Anne Galvin studies the relationship between development, violence, and popular culture in Jamaica

    Anne Galvin ’93 spent a year and a half in Jamaica conducting fieldwork for her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research (2006).  She recently published an article in Anthropology News based on her research into the relationship between community development, organized crime and popular culture. Read more about what drew Anne […]
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  • 2010 American Anthropological Association Meetings in New Orleans

    2010 American Anthropological Association Meetings in New Orleans

    The Anthropology Club was well represented at the American Anthropological Association meetings in New Orleans this November 2010.  Students attending this year’s meetings in NOLA were, Natalia Von Sonn 2011, Savannah Geasey 2012, Alicia Maher 2012, and Juliana Bennington 2012.  Students attended a range of academic paper sessions and film screenings.  A highlight of the […]
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  • Donna Kerner attends symposium in Puebla, Mexico

    Donna Kerner attends symposium in Puebla, Mexico

    Donna Kerner presented her paper, “Failed Promises:  A Critique of the Micro-finance Paradigm for Development” at the two day symposium entitled “Creating Connections:  US/Mexico, Scholarly Dialogues” held at the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) Mexico November 4-5 2010.  The university hosted the exchange between Mexican scholars across the disciplines in the Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, […]
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  • Congratulations to our Wheaton Foundation Grants Awardees!

    Congratulations to our Wheaton Foundation Grants Awardees!

    This year three Anthropology majors were awarded Wheaton Foundation grants to pursue scholarly and creative work outside the expectations of their courses. With the support of the Wheaton Foundation, Savannah Geasey interned at the Boston NGO called Strong Women Strong Girls throughout the Fall 2010 semester. Here, she has been examining the construction of purpose […]
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  • Anthropology in the Archive

    Anthropology in the Archive

    Anthropology classes took to the Archive this term! Professor Ninian Stein's Archaeologies of Landscape had the opportunity to be landscape detectives and explore Wheaton College's changing environment through photographs, historic maps, paintings, deeds, diaries, wills, probate inventories, and Mrs. Wheaton's handsaw for cutting down trees. Professor Donna Kerner's FYS "Magical Hair" explored Wheaton's eclectic collection […]
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  • Anthro Club Presents: Latin American Film Festival

    Anthro Club Presents: Latin American Film Festival

    Curated by Gabriela Treviño ‘13 MONDAYS IN NOVEMBER AT 6 P M KNAPTON L ECTURE NOVEMBER 8, 15, 22 & 29 LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Monday, November 8, 2010 Cidade de Deus, Brazil (2002) Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other […]
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  • Professor Stein: Faculty Lunch Talk

    Professor Stein: Faculty Lunch Talk

    Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies, Professor Ninian Stein, will be presenting "Factory, Forest and Farm: Combining Environmental History and Archaeology in Southern New England" at 12:30 on Thursday November 4th, 2010 in Faculty Dinning (PDR I and II). All are welcome!
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  • Alumni Update: Kira Munk Wells '08

    Alumni Update: Kira Munk Wells '08

    Kira Munk Wells '08 enrolled in the MA program in Migration and Refugee studies at the American University in Cairo in the Fall of 2010. Kira is now grateful to have had the chance to do an independent research project as a senior. In her new program, she writes: "The courses allow for quite a […]
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  • Abroad Experience: Córdoba

    Abroad Experience: Córdoba

    In the Fall 2010, Alexandra Woodhouse '12 traveled to Córdoba, Spain. She is enrolled at the Programa de Estudios Hispánicos en Córdoba (PRESHCO) and she has relished in the opportunity to learn the language and culture. Thinking about her abroad experience Alexandra writes: "Preshco is an amazing program and Spain is absolutely beautiful! I love […]
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  • Newar Buddhist Fire Sacrifice in Cambridge: the “field” comes home

    Newar Buddhist Fire Sacrifice in Cambridge: the “field” comes home

    Bruce Owens recently participated in a Buddhist fire sacrifice, or homa, while attending a two-day conference at Harvard University.  Though he has, in Nepal, witnessed well over a hundred of these rites (which honor deities with burnt offerings), it was the first he has seen performed in New England.  The “Homa Conference: Variations of Homa […]
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  • Davis International Fellow 2010: Merretta Dickinson in Namibia

    Davis International Fellow 2010: Merretta Dickinson in Namibia

    Davis International Fellow Merretta Dickinson ’12 went to Windhoek, Namibia, for the summer of 2010 to intern at the Bernhard Nordkamp Center.  The center provides after-school programs for local children, as well as weekend sports and choir programs. Merretta remembers her time in Namibia fondly: "The summer of 2010 I was able to spend two […]
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  • When is a website not just a website? A Tech 'N Talk by Professor Donna Kerner

    When is a website not just a website? A Tech 'N Talk by Professor Donna Kerner

    When is a website a site for building community, advising, teaching, attracting majors, promoting research, discussing your discipline, and  advertising events? Come hear how Professor Donna Kerner and her department have started to make full use of their website. Tuesday October 19th at 12:30 in Faculty Dining.
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  • A Children's Village in Guatemala? A talk with the Directors of Project Somos and Seres

    A Children's Village in Guatemala? A talk with the Directors of Project Somos and Seres

    On Friday October 15th at 1:30 in the Lyons Lounge, Executive Directors; Heather Knox & Corrina Grace of Project Somos and Seres shared the visions about their joint projects based in Guatemala. For more info contact Margaux Charpentier.
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  • Internship: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

    Internship: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

    Ashley Wich '13 interned at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in the Summer of 2010. During her internship she got a sense as to how she could use what she learns in Anthropology towards her career.  Ashley writes: "Over the summer, I went to Washington D.C. for a brief internship/project at the […]
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  • Anthropology Department Hosts Gandhi dinner

    Anthropology Department Hosts Gandhi dinner

    On Friday, Oct. 1st Donna Kerner's course "Feast or Famine" (ANTH 210) hosted  a dinner event celebrating Gandhi's legacy of non-violent activism.  The Gandhi dinner was sponsored by funding from the Venture Fund, the SGA Fund, and Worldfest. Read more about the impact of this annual event in the Wheaton Wire
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  • Internship: Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    Internship: Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    With the help of the Balfour Scholarship Stipend, Ian Lazzara '12 was able to spend his summer as the Arts Management Intern at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, in Massachusetts.  Ian, a student with an interest in the ways that Art and Anthropology meet, said that having an internship "was a great way to […]
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  • Speaker: Ethnomusicologist Kim Chow-Morris to Speak in Economic Anthropology

    Speaker: Ethnomusicologist Kim Chow-Morris to Speak in Economic Anthropology

    Dr. Kim Chow-Morris, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ryerson University, is the founder and conductor of the Chinese music programs at both the University of Toronto and York University and leader of the Yellow River Ensemble.
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  • Alumni Update: Photojournalist Susannah Snowden

    Alumni Update: Photojournalist Susannah Snowden

    Anthropology major Susannah Snowden '95 works as a photojournalist combining her interest in culture, travel and art. Her work is featured in the Summer 2010 issue of the Quarterly.
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  • Abroad Experience: Cape Town, South Africa

    Abroad Experience: Cape Town, South Africa

    In January 2010, Brittany Bemis '10 traveled to South Africa with Wheaton’s Winter Abroad program titled Witnessing Contemporary African Culture. Hear what it meant for her in her own words
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  • Abroad Experience: Cape Town, South Africa.

    Abroad Experience: Cape Town, South Africa.

    Isaac Lliguin '11 spent a semester studying with the School for International Training's program, "Cape Town Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program."  Read Isaac's reflection on his experience living in a close-knit rural South African community.
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  • Alum Update: Exhibit and Lecture by Susannah Snowden '95

    Underwater Archaeology Photography Presentation with Susannah Snowden '95 Friday May 14th, 7:30 pm The Westerly Land Trust building, located on High Street, Westerly RI Donations to SERVE! gratefully accepted at the door. The event includes refeshments. Susanna's amazing work is found at Omnia Photographics.
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  • Violence Against Women Symposium

    Violence Against Women Symposium

    Anth/Soc/WMST 311 Present... Events: iSpeak at the Loft Event and a Box of Hope Tuesday April 20, 8pm iSpeak performances regarding the issue of violence against women and a Box of Hope to fill with inspiring words to women who have experienced violence. Take Back the Night (Mary Lyon) Wednesday April 21, 7:30pm A march around […]
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  • Mapping Landscapes

    Mapping Landscapes

    On April 16th, ANTH 298 Mapping and Reading Landscapes visited the Slater Mill Historic Site and Riverfront Lofts in Pawtucket RI.  At Slater Mill, students discovered a map of the Blackstone Valley, learned about millwork and millworkers' lives, and explored the stages of textile production.  They also had a behind-the-scenes tour of Professor Stein's research […]
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  • Abroad Experience: Townsville, Australia

    Abroad Experience: Townsville, Australia

    Brittany Bemis '10 remembers her time abroad... I studied abroad at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia during my junior year. While in Australia I was introduced to the struggles of the aboriginals and the effects of colonialism on the indigenous cultures. My studies focused primarily on the stolen generation and the reconciliation process. Being […]
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  • Faculty Lunch Talk

    Faculty Lunch Talk

    Prof. Megan McCullough will present the talk ''Refuting 'I Am Woman': Stratified Reproduction and the Hierarchy of Knowledge in a Doula Workshop.'' this Thursday April 15th at 12:30- All welcome; bring a lunch and join us. President's Dining Room, Emerson
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  • Davis International Fellow

    Davis International Fellow

    Merretta Dickinson ’12 has been awarded a Davis International Fellowship to go to Windhoek, Namibia, for the summer of 2010 and intern at the Bernhard Nordkamp Center. The center that she will be working with provides after-school programs for local children, as well as weekend sports and choir programs. Merretta hopes to teach small after […]
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  • Of Anthropological Interest

    Anthropology Major Savanah Geasey will be presenting the documentary Chasing Childhood on Monday April 12th at 6:30pm in the Holman Room of Mary Lyon Hall. Chasing Childhood, an award-winning documentary filmed in 2006, accompanies the Flying Kites founders as they uncover the enormous obstacles preventing meaningful change in the lives of the orphaned children living […]
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  • Abroad Experience: Rouen

    Abroad Experience: Rouen

    Tofani Grava '11 studied in France for her Junior year in Rouen the capital of Normandy. As an Anthropology major and a Psychology minor at Wheaton Tofani studued at the Université de Sociologie. Studying French sociology has been an enriching experience because it has allowed Tofani to access the French university system and to build […]
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  • Beth Ann Milardo Caspersen '96 is Quality Control Manager at Equal Exchange fair trade

    Beth Ann Milardo Caspersen '96 is Quality Control Manager at Equal Exchange fair trade

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  • Michele Lemaire '08, a Davis Fellow, taught English through the WorldTeach program in Hunan Province, China

    Michele Lemaire '08, a Davis Fellow, taught English through the WorldTeach program in Hunan Province, China

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  • Ashley Smith '08 conducted research on the Abenaki in Canada on a Fulbright Scholarship.

    Ashley Smith '08 conducted research on the Abenaki in Canada on a Fulbright Scholarship.

    After completing her Fulbright Scholarship, Ashley was accepted into the Ph.D. program in Anthropology and Native American Studies Cornell University.
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  • Chelsey Taylor '09 taught English on a Fulbright Scholarship in South Korea

    Chelsey Taylor '09 taught English on a Fulbright Scholarship in South Korea

    While on her Fellowship Chelsea wrote: "I'm living on Jeju Island in Jeju City, South Korea teaching middle school conversational English to mostly all boys. It is an extremely extremely challenging job, which tests my spirit and determination nearly every day. However, that said, it is also very rewarding! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy the […]
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  • TRAVELING FILM SOUTH ASIA SERIES

    TRAVELING FILM SOUTH ASIA SERIES

    Tuesday, April 6th Nepal: Transnational Transformations and Strategies for Survival 3:30 Children of God (Nepal, 89 min.) Knapton Lecture 6:00 In Search of the Riyal (Nepal, 86 min.) Media Center, Balfour Hood 7:45 The Way of the Road (Nepal, 60 min.) Media Center, Balfour Hood Wednesday, April 7th Political Struggle in South Asia: Empire, Religion, […]
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  • Anthropology Club Presents

    Anthropology Club Presents

    From the American Anthropological Association Film Festival, Wheaton's Anthropology Club presents two great documentaries: Kids and Money Tuesday March 30th at 7pm in Knapton Lecture Crips and Bloods Wednesday March 31st at 7pm in Knapton Lecture EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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  • Abroad Experience: College Year in Athens

    Abroad Experience: College Year in Athens

    Natalia von Sonn-Bacca '11 is pictured here in Miletos, Turkey (Ancient Ionia). Natalia is currently interning at Fair Trade Hellas as part of her study abroad in the College Year in Athens program. You can read about Natalia's abroad experience in her most recent publication in Athens Insider Magazine.
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  • Esther Jeong '08 to Visit Campus

    Esther Jeong '08 to Visit Campus

    Esther will present her research focusing on the role of women in the field of dance in S. Korean culture on April 26th from 7-8:30 pm in Meneely 307. Her senior Anthropology thesis was on gender dynamics of the tango. Esther was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study Traditional Korean Dance in Korea. During her […]
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  • Anthropology in the Archives

    Anthropology in the Archives

    Culture has many sites and at Wheaton our classes have looked into the archives.  Native North America (Anth 298) and Economic Anthropology (Anth 333) are featured in the most recent issue of the Wheaton Quarterly.
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  • Anthro Club Presents!

    Thursday March 4th- 5pm Knapton Lobby (Atrium) Come and learn about research on HIV in South Africa, Sex Work, Queer(y)ing belonging, Signs of the Apocalypse, Motherhood and Personhood, and other things we picked up at the 2009 American Anthropological Association Meeting in Philadelphia, P.A.
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  • Abroad Experience: Ho Chi Minh City

    Abroad Experience: Ho Chi Minh City

    Anthropology major Dorie Topolsky '11 arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in February 2010 to complete SIT's National Development and Globalization Program. Get a sense of her experience abroad here.
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  • Tech and Talk with Shannon Coco '11 and Prof. Gabriela Torres

    Tech and Talk with Shannon Coco '11 and Prof. Gabriela Torres

    Come and hear us talk about using Diigo in the classroom. February 22nd at 12:30 in Faculty Dining.
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  • Prof. McCollough to Speak on Her Research

    Prof. McCollough to Speak on Her Research

    Professor Megan McCollough will be presenting Targeting the Fetus: 'Erasing' the Woman: The Management of Cape York Aboriginal Reproduction" on Monday Feb. 22 at 3:30 in Meneely 201. It is a great opportunity to hear about her research.
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  • Femicide Film Series

    Starting on February 17th at 7pm in the Balfour Hood Media Center, the Violence Against Women Class will be hosting a Femicide Film Series for five weeks on Wednesday evenings. We will be watching Killer's Paradise, Finding Dawn, Vendetta Song, Juarez: The City Where Women are Disposable, and El Traspatio (Backyard). Film Series Schedule Poster […]
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  • Anthropologist Elizabeth Krause will deliver Keynote Address

    Anthropologist Elizabeth Krause will deliver Keynote Address

    Elizabeth Krause, a specialist on nationalism and gender and Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass Amherst delivered the keynote address at the 28th Annual Anthropology and Sociology Symposium on February 4th, 2010 in Faculty Dining.
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  • Kira Munk Wells '08 worked with an NGO in Beirut

    Kira Munk Wells '08 worked with an NGO in Beirut

    Kira Munk Wells moved to Beirut after graduation seeking a career in development and a place to practice Arabic. I work for BASSMA, a social development NGO, where I am the project assistant for our World Bank funded training program for young women to access employment, and assist with all aspects of program facilitation and […]
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  • Faculty Led Summer Study Abroad Program to Tanzania

    Professor Donna Kerner will lead a Short-Term Study Abroad Program to Tanzania in June 2010. The next information session for this program will be held Friday Jan 29 at 3 pm in the Greenaway room. See Brochure for More Information
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  • Wheaton hosted a Boston-area roundtable discussion: "Anthropology Goes Virtual"

    In October 2009, Wheaton College's Anthropology Department hosted the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium Faculty Roundtable entitled: Anthropology Goes Virtual.
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  • Alumni update: Brittany Hasting '08 is working at Tantor Media

    Brittany Hasting '08 has begun work as an editorial assistant for Tantor Media after a summer's internship at Candlewick Press.
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  • Alumni update: Chelsey Taylor '08 in Jeju Island

    Chelsey Taylor '08 is in Jeju Island in Jeju City, South Korea teaching middle school conversational English. She writes that "It is an extremely extremely challenging job, which tests my spirit and determination nearly every day".
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  • Alumni update: Michele LeMarie '08 in China

    Michele LeMarie '08 is teaching English to 60 students in Liuyang, a town that is an hour away from Changsha the capital of Hunan Province Changsha, China.
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  • Professor Bruce Owens's summer research in Nepal

    Professor Bruce Owens traveled to Nepal in the summer of 2009 to further his research on the end of monarchy in Nepal, and to observe the first full celebration of the Kathmandu valley’s largest festival (Bungaya: in Newar bhāsa, or Rāto Matsyendranāthko Rath Jātrā in Nepali) since Nepal has been declared a republic after the […]
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  • Professor Megan McCoullough published in Anthropological Forum

    Professor Megan McCoullough has published Humor and Laughter in Urban Aboriginal North Queensland Australia. In the Special Issue of Anthropological Forum on Humor and Fun. 18(3), 2008, 241-247.
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  • Prof. Gabriela Torres published in Studies in Social Justice

    Professor Gabriela Torres has published Imagining Social Justice amidst Guatemala's Post-Conflict Violence. In Studies in Social Justice, 2(1), 2008:1-11.
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