Archive for November, 2014

Please join us on Thur. Dec 4, at 4 pm in Smith Center 333, to hear four of our new archaeology grad students —  Katelyn Braymer, Patrick Reed, Laura Syvertson, and Emily Taber — present highlights of their summer projects.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Student Association.
Please see the attached flyer–share with your friends and students.

Archaeo FirstThursdays  Dec 4 2014 Grad Students

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Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

Mujeres Meeting flyerFor details, see attached flyer


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Leadership Opportunities Overseas for Graduate Students

Travel overseas for free during summer 2015 and co-lead a group of university students on an ISV Volunteer Project

To all interested Graduate Students,

International Student Volunteers (ISV) is looking for graduate students to serve as University Leaders for a minimum of two weeks on ISV’s 2015 May to September Volunteer Programs in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and South Africa (expenses covered, see below for details). Spaces are limited, so please contact us as soon as possible.

The ISV Program

ISV’s 4-Week Program consists of two weeks of volunteering overseas on a hands-on conservation or community development project followed by an incredible two-week educational exploration of the best cultural and natural highlights of the host country, and as many outdoor adventure activities as we can pack in.

ISV is seeking graduate students to co-lead a group of 8-12 students alongside a trained ISV Project Leader for the volunteer projects.  Our projects focus on experiential education and making a positive impact to underserved communities, degraded habitats and endangered species by working closely with local organizations and community leaders within the host countries. Project activities include:

  • Building homes, playgrounds, clinics, community centers, schools
  • Teaching basic English, math, health and hygiene, sports and recreation to children
  • Educational programs incorporating music, dance theatre, arts and crafts
  • Assisting with terrestrial and marine ecology research programs
  • Providing care for threatened wildlife (wild and rescued animals)
  • Habitat restoration, trail building, erosion control, organic farming
  • Design and delivery of environmental education, recycling and sustainable tourism programs
  • Special focus projects such as pre-med/health care and pre-veterinary

Please see the ISV webpage ( for detailed information about the ISV organization, programs, destination countries, and more. To read about a University Leader’s recent experience in Costa Rica click here, and to get a 90 second taste of the ISV programs, go here.

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile project delivered by ISV. I was delighted to be involved with the Youth Development through Sport and Recreation Project in South Africa. It was a truly rewarding experience professionally and personally for the students and I.” Georgina Power, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia, ISV University Leader in South Africa

“Life-changing, educational, eye opening, more fun than I have had in my entire life.” Lauran Lynne Spinney, Kent State University, ISV Volunteer in South Africa

 “It was unbelievable. I would definitely recommend this program to any type of person.” Paul Fritsch, University of Alberta, ISV Volunteer in Costa Rica

Who we are

International Student Volunteers, Inc is an award-winning non-profit organization based in the USA that sends thousands of students annually from more than 800 universities and colleges worldwide to travel with a purpose and make a significant difference to sustainable development on a global scale. ISV’s Global Accomplishments and Recognitions include:

  • More than 30,000 student participants on the ISV program across six continents since 2002.
  • ISV student teams have contributed nearly 2.5 million hours of volunteer service for community-driven initiatives in Education, Sustainable Development and Conservation around the world.
  • ISV has partnered with over 100 volunteer organizations (government, academic institutions, private and grassroots organizations/NGOs) globally.
  • University course and internship credit awarded to thousands of ISV students by more than 300 universities worldwide.
  • Awarded one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy in conjunction with the US State Department.
  • Inaugural award for “Outstanding Volunteer Project” by the World Youth and Student Travel Confederation.
  • Featured on In View with Larry King on the Discovery Channel.
  • 30+ members of the U.S. Senate/Congress serve on ISV’s Board of Reference.
  • Certified by the US President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • Overall ISV experience rated 4.8/5 from 30,000+ participants.

“ISV was such an incredible, eye-opening and life- changing experience. I will not look at my life in the same way. I would not change the experience for anything. I now cherish my life and the world in another way.”   Emily Raskind, Sonoma State University, ISV Volunteer in Dominican Republic

University Leader Expenses Covered by ISV

  • Round-trip international flights and domestic travel within the host country provided.
  • Accommodations and three meals per day provided on the Volunteer Project.

For more information or to register your interest in this opportunity please reply to me, Chad Allen, to at your earliest convenience. I look forward to hearing from you!


Chad E Allen

Director of Program Development

International Student Volunteers, Inc.

4848 Lakeview Avenue Suite 100A

Yorba Linda, California 92886

Office: (714) 779-7392 / Fax: (714) 777-4647



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Northwest Anthropological Conference… March 25-28, 2015 NWAC 2015 First Call for Papers

NWAC 1st call for papers

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Job Announcement for seasonal archeological technicians (GS-5 and GS-7) at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Archeology is hiring seasonal archeology technicians (GS-5 and GS-7).
The job announcements will only be open for 5 days starting tomorrow (11/21/14 – 11/26/14) on the USAjobs website (

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Notes from the Field: Graduate Student Presentations


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PSU celebrates International Education Week

PSU celebrates International Education Week

November 17 – 21, 2014,
with a week-long series of events that encourage international education, awareness, and exchange.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

To learn more about International Education Week >>

View a complete list of PSU events >>.

See BELOW for a list of events & campus resources related to Asian Studies —

Around the World in One Week!
International Education & Cultural Info table 

Daily, Nov 17 – 21, 2014,  11am-1pm,

between SMSU & Neuberger Hall
Click here for more info about Study Abroad programs available through PSU.


IE3 Global Internships Information Session

Monday, Nov 17 @ 2:00pm

East Hall, Room 109
Gain valuable international professional experience while earning credit toward graduation! Internships are available for just about every major and professional focus in more than 70 countries around the world. Join IE3 Global Internships for information on how to make this unique professional development opportunity a reality!


What Can I do with a Degree in International Studies?
Tuesday, Nov 18 @ 2:00pm

East Hall, Room 331

Choosing your major is just one step in the process of deciding what you’ll do after you graduate. Come to this session to hear how a degree in International Studies could shape your future. This event is sponsored by PSU’s Advising and Career Services.  

Interested in majoring or minoring in International Studies with a focus on East Asia?  Learn more >>

Or consider adding an Asian Studies undergrad certificate to any major.  Just take 2 years (or equivalent) of an Asian language and 28 credits of Asia related  courses.  Read more >>


Public lecture event –

Memory Wars in East Asia I: Pluralistic Memories in Japan
Tuesday, Nov 18 @ 6:00pm

SMSU, Room 327/8

Japan is a liberal democracy with 127 million individuals who maintain a diversity of views about the “past,” and this pluralism is reflected at heritage sites in Japan which address the era when Imperial Japan was expanding its territory. Dr. Ruoff, PSU Professor of Japanese history and internationally recognized historian, will present this first of a two-part lecture series about Memory Wars in East Asia. Read more >>


Intercultural Coffee Hour—Japanese Student Society
Wednesday, Nov 29 @ 3:30-5:30pm

SMSU, Room 228 (The Multicultural Center)

This is a great opportunity to meet international students while enjoying free coffee and snacks. This week, our guest the Japanese Student Society will provide special insight into Japanese culture with snacks, artifacts, and more. This weekly event is co-sponsored by the Organization of International Student (OIS), the Intensive English Language Program (IELP), and the Multicultural Center (MCC).


Dating Across Cultures
Wednesday, Nov 19 @ 5:30pm

SMSU, Room 228

You are invited to come and learn about dating traditions from around the globe. International students will discuss their experiences with dating in their cultures, as well as in the U.S. Food and drinks will be provided. This session is sponsored by the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) and the Organization of International Students (OIS).

Peace Corps Info Session
Thursday, Nov 20 @ 12:00pm

SMSU, Room 228  (Multicultural Center)
Curious about how you could have an international experience with Peace Corps? Bring your questions to this open session and meet with a Peace Corps representative. Email with any questions.

How to Market Your Study Abroad Experience
Thursday, Nov 20, @ 1:00pm
East Hall, room 109

You had a fantastic time studying abroad but aren’t sure how to communicate to an employer the professional skills and experience you gained as well. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to strategically highlight your international experience in your resume and job interview to succeed in your job search. This session is sponsored by PSU Advising and Career Services.  
Drop-In Info Session: Overseas Scholarships and Fellowships
Thursday, Nov 20 @ 3:00-5:00pm
East Hall, room 236

Scholarships and Fellowships are available for undergraduate and graduate study in countries all over the world. Come learn more about how your interests could be funded by a scholarship or fellowship!

View a list of scholarships, fellowships, and grant opportunities related to Asian Studies >>


Public lecture –
Smash and Spit! Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China
Thursday, Nov 20 @ 4:30pm
PSU Urban Center, Second Floor Gallery

This presentation will explore the smashing of statues at two famous sites in the city of Hangzhou during the Ming period (1368-1644): the Shrine to Yue Fei and the Buddhist sculptures at Lingyin Monastery’s Feilaifeng. Dr. Desmond Cheung, PSU professor of Chinese history, will consider the political and religious motives and meanings behind these acts of cultural violence and how such acts constitute a participation in a kind of public history.  This event is sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies.  Read more >>


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Smash and Spit! Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China

Smash and Spit!  Cultural Destruction at Urban Sites in Early Modern China

by Dr. Desmond Cheung, Assistant Professor of Chinese History, Portland State University

Faculty Focus Lecture – PSU Institute for Asian Studies

Thursday, November 20, 2014
4:30 pm
LOCATION:   PSU campus, Urban Center, 2nd Floor Gallery
506 SW Mill St, Portland    (Click for PSU parking info)

This presentation will explore the smashing of statues at two famous sites in the city of Hangzhou during the Ming period (1368-1644): the Shrine to Yue Fei and the Buddhist sculptures at Lingyin Monastery’s Feilaifeng. Dr.Cheung will consider the political and religious motives and meanings behind these acts of cultural violence and how such acts constitute a participation in a kind of public history.

About the speaker:

Desmond Cheung joined the PSU faculty in Fall 2013 as Assistant Professor of Chinese History.  He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of British Columbia in 2011. Professor Cheung’s research interests lie in the history of late imperial China, especially the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). He has taught courses on the history of dynastic and modern China, which he seeks to place in a comparative and more global framework.


Sponsored by the PSU Institute for Asian Studies, this lecture is part of the quarterly IAS Faculty Focus Lecture Series and is one of several international focused events taking place during International Education Week (November 17-21, 2014) at PSU.


For more info, contact:
The Institute for Asian Studies
Tel. 503-725-8576

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Native American Heritage Month – November events


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The Monumental Agenda of Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt’s Female King

The Monumental Agenda of Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt’s Female King

By Prof. Kara Cooney, Egyptian Art & Archaeology, UCLA

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Room 236
Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University
Free admission; Open to the public.
Park Free in PSU parking structures after 7:00 pm

Cooney  ARCE OR 2014 FINAL-

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