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Student Research and Awards Presented at Anthro Gala 2015

Students, faculty, staff, friends, and family attended in celebration of Anthropology student scholarship.

Graduate Profile: Colleen McCaffrey

Sociology and Anthropology major Colleen McCaffrey reflects on her Loyola experience: "At Loyola, I've always been encouraged to constantly seek out new challenges and to always push the boundaries of what I think I know."  

Dr. Adams Speaks at NEH Workshop

Kathleen Adams recently gave a talk at the National Endowment for the Humanities Video Workshop on “Bridging Cultures in China and Southeast Asia” in Lowell, MA.


Landfill on campus a glimpse into Chicago's past

What’s underneath this grass on Halas Quad, may surprise you: old garbage. Extending across this part of Loyola’s Lake Shore campus is a landfill that contains about 60 tons of trash. Hundreds of artifacts exposed during construction projects have been collected and studied by Anthropology professor Dr. Daniel Amick.  

Dr. Penglase Receives Research Award

Ben Penglase has been honored with a Sujack Master Researcher Award by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Inaugural Anthropology Chili Cook-Off Was Deliciously Successful

Seven faculty entered chili, and Dr. Noah Butler had the most votes (and the most eaten!) chili.

Anthropology Students and Faculty Attend AAPA Meeting in St. Louis

Anthropology senior Abbey Stone presented original research at the conference, as did Dr. Juliet Brophy.

How Can Universities Better Serve Undocumented Students?

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is an organizer for a panel that will seek answers to this question. The event is scheduled for March 25, 2015, with speakers including Roberto Gonzales, Aurora Chang, José Ángel N., and Rigo Padilla.

NIU Guest Lecture by Dr. Adams

Kathleen Adams spoke on “Toraja Families, Funerals and Facebook: Re-Imag(in)ing an Indonesian ‘house-based society’ in transnational times” at Northern Illinois University’s lecture series on Southeast Asia.

Dr. Nichols Speaking at Newberry Library

Catherine Nichols will give a presentation at Chicago's Newberry Library on March 11 as part of the library’s American Indian Studies Seminar Series.

Dr. Adams quoted in New York Times' Up Front Magazine

Kathleen Adams was recently quoted in an article seeking to unpack the real story behind the Toraja zombie images circulating on the net.

May Weber Ethnographic Art Collection Finds a Home at Loyola

A university acquisition that was years in the making is now giving students a chance to study non western folk art – and unravel the mind of a collector.

Dr. Penglase speaks at the University of Florida

Ben Penglase recently gave a talk titled "The Prejudice of Place: Policing and Race in a Brazilian Favela."

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Interview on Savage Minds

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz was interviewed about her ethnographic research among undocumented migrants and their families.

New Blog Post by Dr. Penglase on Anthropoliteia

Ben Penglase writes about the various inspirations for his book, Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela

Professor Jim Calcagno creates new online course for TED

Professor Jim Calcagno has developed one of the first online courses available as part of TED’s new Ted Studies series. Dr. Calcagno’s 2013 Evolutionary Anthropology article “What Makes Us Human” served as the inspiration for the course, which features a set of curated talks on evolution from experts such as Jane Goodall.

New Publication by Dr. Adams on Heritage, Memorialization, and Identity in Indonesia

Kathleen Adams has recently published a new book chapter titled "Heritage, Memorialisation, and Identity Dialogues on the National Stage in Indonesia." It appears in the volume Writing Material Culture History.

Dr. Krueger Publishes Article in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Kristin Krueger has recently published an article titled "Reconstructing diet and behavior in bioarchaeological groups using incisor microwear texture analysis."

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Organizing Panel on Migration

"The Deportation Machine," an interdisciplinary panel, is scheduled for Thursday, January 29.

Faculty Present at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

Several Loyola Anthropology faculty recently presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Article by Dr. Calcagno Remains Evolutionary Anthropology's Top Download for Two Years

Jim Calcagno's article "What Makes Us Human? Answers from Evolutionary Anthropology" (co-authored with Dr. Agustin Fuentes) is also the second highest of 81 anthropology journals by the ISI Journal Citation Reports.

Dr. Brophy Gives Talk at UW-Madison

Juliet Brophy recently spoke on "Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Evolution Using Morphometric Analyses" in the Anthropology Department at UW-Madison.

Anthropologist Agustín Fuentes Gives Science Week Keynote

Dr. Agustín Fuentes recently delivered the kickoff keynote lecture for Loyola's Science Week 2014 with a talk titled "Can we ever get along? The science of aggression, cooperation and human nature."

Dr. Calcagno Speaks in "Race: Are We So Different?" Series

Jim Calcagno recently gave the first lecture in series at Loyola related to the American Anthropological Association's "RACE: Are We So Different?" project. Dr. Calcagno's lecture was titled "RACE in Biocultural Perspective: Why Biology, Not Genetics, Matters."

Dr. Brophy Speaks on New Hominid Fossils for ACCA

Juliet Brophy will be giving a talk on October 21 in a series on Hominid Evolution for the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area.

Dr. Krueger's Research at European Soc. for the Study of Human Evolution

Kristin Krueger and co-authors recently presented results of "Dental microwear texture analysis and the diet of the Scladina child" at a conference in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Amick Receives Provost's Teaching Award

Dan Amick has recently been honored with a Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen.

Drs. Butler and Krueger Serve as McNair Research Mentors

Noah Butler and Kristin Krueger served as a Research Mentors with the McNair Scholars Program over the summer, supervising undergraduate research on public health and the African diaspora, and linear enamel hypoplasias, respectively.

Memorial for Dr. Paul Breidenbach Sept. 13

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Dr. Paul Breidenbach, long-time Loyola anthropology professor, will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 4-8 p.m.

Dr. Nichols to Speak at Beloit College

Catherine Nichols will offer a research presentation on "Anthropological Museum Collection Exchanges" at Beloit College on September 26.

New Book by Dr. Penglase

Ben Penglase's new book, "Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela" was recently published by Rutgers University Press.


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