Archive for April, 2013



 By Dr Eugene Cruz-Uribe, Professor of Global History, California State University – Monterey Bay (and soon at Indiana University – East at Richmond, Indiana)

We often see the ancient Egyptian god Seth as the god of evil in ancient Egyptian religion because he had killed his brother Osiris in order to claim the kingship of Egypt.  This lecture will try to rehabilitate Seth’s stature, taking into account numerous new studies on the many roles that Seth held throughout Egyptian history.  Oftentimes Seth held the position as king of the gods and the years of his reign as king were enumerated.  During the New Kingdom Period, he served in an honored position as the protector of the sun god Re at the prow of the solar bark, as a chief deity of the Nineteenth Dynasty kings, but he also had some negative aspects. The Late Period portrayal generated the tales of the “evil” god Seth and passed into Greek literature.

In a slide-illustrated lecture, Dr Cruz-Uribe will review some new and unpublished scenes of the god Seth from his own field work in Egypt.

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Room 238, Smith Memorial Student Union                 

Portland State University

Free admission and open to the public. 

Free parking in PSU parking structures after 7:00 p.m.  


Dr Eugene Cruz-Uribe is Professor of Global History and World Civilizations at California State University – Monterey Bay (next year Professor of History at Indiana University – East).  He is also currently the Editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal research journal for Egyptology in the US. He is actively engaged in fieldwork and excavations, principally in the Western Desert and the Nile Valley. Previously, he has taught at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff and at Brown University. Several volumes on the Hibis Temple Project are among his extensively publications. He is an expert in Demotic, one of the last phases of the ancient Egyptian language, and was a coauthor on Demotic Graffiti from the Temple of Isis in Aswan and also on The Archive of Tikas—Demotic Papyri from Philadelphia in the Fayum. In 1978-79, he helped curate the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and for the Seattle Art Museum. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D from the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago


ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American-Egyptian cultural ties.

ARCE-OR – P.O. Box 15192 – Portland, OR 97214

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Athens: Heritage and Modernity June 23 – July 4, 2013

Athens: Heritage and Modernity June 23 – July 4, 2013

Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens

This 12 day visit of Athens will be a thoughtful exploration of the history and preservation and conservation issues facing the city, organized around a series of lectures and visits lead by some of the top Athenian archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. Our application deadline is April 30, 2013.

The faculty of our program includes Dr. Manolis Korres, Chief Architect on the Acropolis Restoration Project, who will lead lectures and visits to the Acropolis area. Please visit our website and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits.

The program is intended for people studying, or professionally involved in, the fields of: History, Archaeology, Architecture Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, Conservation and Historic Preservation, but is also open for people with a general interest in preservation.

You can get further information at our website.

You may also be interested in our other field school programs this summer in Italy, in particular our classes and workshop on the Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics (May 26 thru June 22nd). We have a couple of spaces left in this program. Please visit our website for more information.

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OGS Learn at Lunch: Resume/CV Writing

OGS  Learn at Lunch: Resume/CV  Writing

Learn how to highlight your master’s/PhD and educational experiences when applying for jobs.

April 23, 2013

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Office of Graduate Studies -XSB 185

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Environmental Anthropology in Costa Rica

Environmental Anthropology in Costa Rica

May 12-June 4, 2013

ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275:  Communities, Conservation & Development on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
ANTH 4900/6900: 
The Anthropology of Surfing



Course Description: ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275 – Communities, Conservation & Development on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Over the last few decades Costa Rica has come to be recognized globally as an icon of successful conservation.  In the process, conservation and the tourism associated with it have made major contributions to the Costa Rican economy.  However, Costa Rica now faces a number of challenges that threaten to undermine the progress it has made.  In coastal areas in particular, rapid development is affecting both ecosystems and local community livelihoods.

This course will focus on the affects of coastal development on both conservation and local communities in Guanacaste Province.  During the program we will travel to a number of national parks and reserves along the coast.  We will also visit sites of rapid coastal development – resorts, large housing tracts and gated communities.  In the process we will meet with people representing different viewpoints on trends in coastal development.  Course assignments will focus on integrating what you are learning experientially with literature on the anthropology and political ecology of conservation and development.

Course Topics: ANTH/GEOG 4275/6275

1.      Introduction to Communities, Conservation and Development on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

2.      Conservation in Costa Rica

3.      Mangroves and Shrimp Aquaculture

4.      Political Ecology of Conservation and Development

5.      Exurbanization and Coastal Development

6.      Tourism and Ecotourism

7.      Sea Turtle Conservation

8.      Local Communities and Conservation

9.      Local Knowledge and Conservation Management

10.  Marketing Costa Rica

11.  Conservation and the Politics of Knowledge

12.  Ecology of Golf

13.  Conservation in Santa Rosa National Park

14.  Incorporating Landscape History in Conservation Planning and Implementation

15.  Connectivity and Restoration


Course Description: ANTH 4900/6900 – The Anthropology of Surfing

Surfing is simultaneously a sport, a lifestyle, and an iconic part of American popular culture.  It is also an ideal lens for analyzing a range of contemporary cultural processes associated with globalization.  This course will introduce you to surfing as a globalizing cultural phenomenon.  We will begin by learning about the history of surfing, particularly as it has become increasingly internationalized in recent decades.  We will also focus on a range of specific topics: surf culture and the idea of lifestyle, the production of recreational spaces, branding and the commodification of surfing, surf tourism, surfing and gender, localism and travel, surf knowledge, contest culture, and more.

This course will emphasize an ethnographic approach to the study of surfing.  During our time in Costa Rica we will be traveling to multiple locations where surfing is a dominant activity, and we will be interacting on a daily basis with surfers from Costa Rica, the US and elsewhere.  Through both guided observations and daily encounters, we will document our experiences through a series of written and visual assignments.

Course Topics: ANTH 4900/6900

1.      Introduction to the Anthropology of Surfing

2.      Sustainable Surf Tourism

3.      Doing Collaborative Ethnographic Research

4.      The History of Surfing

5.      Surf Culture and the Idea of Lifestyle

6.      Making Surf Breaks: The Production of Recreational Space

7.      Branding and the Commodification of Surfing

8.      Women in the Line-up: Surfing and Gender

9.      Surf Knowledge

10.  The Contradictions of Surf Culture: Localism and Travel

11.  Soul Surfing and Contest Culture

12.  Next Steps in the Collaborative Ethnographic Analysis of Surfing

13.  Discussion of Findings in Ethnography of Surfing

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Minorities and the Arab Revolutions

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, room 75, 1620 SW Park Avenue

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). As well as establishing a reputation as a highly influential scholar, Professor Cole has become an important public intellectual who reaches large audiences through his media work and his blog, Informed Comment. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs.For more information, please click here. 

This event is free & open to the public; however seating is limited and admission requires free tickets available through the Portland State Box Office

Presented as the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center’s Minorities of the Modern Middle East workshop keynote address. Co-sponsored with the Portland State University Department of History, Department of World Languages & Literatures, and Portland Center for Public Humanities. Presented with funding from the Portland State University Speakers Board and the Internationalization Minigrant Program.

Coming Up at the Middle East Studies Center

Women, War, and Human Rights: Lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq & Palestine

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Room 294

In the War on Terrorism, women’s rights were initially invoked to justify military intervention, particularly in Afghanistan.  In the words of Laura Bush, “The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”  From “Shock and Awe” to drone strikes, Therese Saliba will look at the real effects on women’s lives from a decade of military interventions in the Middle East region, and the implications for women’s human rights.  For more information, please click here. 

Free & open to the public

Seth: Ancient Egypt’s Evil God of Power and Might

Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Room 238

We often see the ancient Egyptian god Seth as the god of evil in ancient Egyptian religion because he had killed his brother Osiris in order to claim the kingship of Egypt. This lecture will try to rehabilitate Seth’s stature taking into account numerous new studies on the many roles that Seth held throughout Egyptian history. In his slide-illustrated lecture, Eugene Cruz-Uribe will review some new and unpublished scenes of the god Seth from his own field work in Egypt. For more information, please click here.

Free & open to the public

Presented by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt

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“Passing the Pain Along: A New Look at the Causes of Violence”

Dr. David P. Barash, Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies at the University of Washington, will be at Pacific University on April 25th from 7-9pm to discuss the role of evolutionary factors on anger, interpersonal aggression, and violence.
Dr. Barash has written over 25 books in the areas of Evolutionary Psychology/Sociobiology and Peace Studies, including Strange Bedfellows, The Gender Gap, and The Myth of Monogamy, and also Understanding Violence, Approaches to Peace, and Beloved Enemies. His talk will feature content from one of his recent books, Payback: Why We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, and Seek Revenge. A book signing will follow immediately after the event.
You can also read more information about Dr. Barash at his website,
This event is co-sponsored by the Psi Chi Honors Society/Psychology Club & Center for Peace and Spirituality at Pacific University. Please contact Dawn Salgado ( or David Boersma ( if you have questions or need assistance. Barash 4-25

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Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Arch II Collections position

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation History/Archaeology Program is advertising for an Arch II Collections position (G-6847). The announcement closes April 19th. Please see the Tribal website at:

The Program is also advertising for Technician I-IV positions (J-6792). This announcement is open continuously. Refer to:

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