Archive for April, 2017

Save the date! Anthropology Department End-of-year Party! Thursday June 8th

You are invited to the Anthropology Department’s annual end-of-year party!

Where: Cramer Hall 141, Anthropology Department Lounge
When: Thursday June 8th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
What: Refreshments, Outstanding Senior Award, Newman Award, Scheans Award, and the new Suttles Award
Why: To celebrate another successful year
Family and friends are welcome to come!

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Anthropology Internship Program

Interested in museums?
The Anthropology Internship Program offers academic credit, unpaid and paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. The department’s collections and research are focused on North American, Mexican/Central American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Biological Anthropology. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution. Acceptance to the internship program is competitive. The number of interns accepted in any given session varies and is based on staff projects. Internships are limited to a maximum of two sessions of work.

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Archaeology First Thursday- May 4th!


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Promised Land Documentary – Friday May 5, 7:00 PM, 5th Ave Cinema

May 5th, 7 p.m., 5th Avenue Cinema on campus.
Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. It has been chosen for the award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, and was an official selection for the 41st Annual American Indian Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum’s 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival, the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, and the 5th Annual Social Justice Film Festival, among others.
To learn more about the film, visit
Suggested donation at the door: $5. A portion of the night’s proceeds goes to supporting the tribe.
Free popcorn and post-film discussion with Chinook Indian Nation elders; Duwamish Tribe Councilmember, Ken Workman; PSU Professor Kenneth Ames; and the filmmakers.
Sponsored by Portland State University’s Department of Anthropology and University Studies.

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Please come to a panel discussion–Heritage-Archaeo, Wed April 26, 2-3:50, PSU campus

You’re invited to join us next Wed, April 26, 2-3:50 Cramer 328, for a panel discussion that I’ve organized as part of the spring quarter Public Archaeology class.   This will be of interest to any students interested in heritage and archaeology and the value of community process in addressing common problems.   We’d love to have you join us if you can make room in your schedule.    Virginia B.

Finding Common Ground For Archaeology & Heritage:  Developing Collaborations among tribes, avocational archaeologists, and professional archaeologists around “collector” collections

The PSU Dept. of Anthropology /Public Archaeology class is hosting a panel on April 26, 2-3:50, Cramer 328 to discuss ways artifacts collected by amateurs can be documented and curated to reduce potential for their commercial sales and promote their value for heritage and research.



David Harrelson, Briece Edwards, Veronica Montano (Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde)

Dan Stueber, David Minick, Dennis Torresdal (Oregon Archaeological Society [OAS])

Pat O’Grady (Museum of Natural and Cultural History [MNCH];   and OAS)

John Pouley (State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon)

Virginia Butler (Portland State University)

The impetus for this panel is several-fold.   The OAS has developed a process for documenting and curating collections made by former members of OAS and their descendants.  They are beginning conversations with the Grand Ronde’s Chachalu Museum and MNCH to develop protocols for receiving these collections.    The panel discussion provides an opportunity for the Portland area community to learn more about this process, to see ways we can support these efforts and help the process expand.

Second, the Society for American Archaeology created a task force (2016-2017) to develop guidelines for ways that professional archaeologists could and should engage with avocational archaeologists and responsible collectors.   Our panel discussion provides an opportunity for the Portland-area archaeology-heritage community to discuss ways we could support such engagement.

Finally, we are hosting the panel as part of PSU’S Public Archeology class on PSU campus, which provides a chance for students and faculty to learn more about this community project—that identifies problems and comes together to work towards solutions.

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Graduate School Workshops This Spring

Each term, Advising & Career Services offers support for all Portland State students and alumni who are considering graduate school. This series of Graduate School focused events covers everything from the decision making through the application process.
The following workshops will be offered this spring:
Should I Go to Graduate School?
Tuesday, April 18 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 10 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Personal Statement Session
Monday, April 17 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm
CVs for Graduate School
Monday, April 24 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Tuesday, May 16 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Test Taking Strategies for GRE/GMAT (FREE test prep!)
Tuesday, April 18 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm 
Thursday, May 18 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Test Taking Strategies for LSAT (FREE test prep!)
Thursday, May 11 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Navigating the Graduate School Interview
Friday, April 28 from 11:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday, May 18 from 10:00am – 11:00am
Students or alumni interested in attending graduate school are encouraged to attend any or all of these events. Please share this information those who may be interested. A workshop flyer is attached for your reference.

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Online Methods Training

These 6-week, online summer courses are open to students (both undergraduate and graduate students) and professionals in any field who are interested in developing their research skills. The development of these fee-based courses is supported by the National Science Foundation. Tuition is $1200 per course and enrollment is limited to 20 participants. These courses may be taken for credit or without credit.
Four courses are offered in summer 2017: Text Analysis, Geospatial Analysis, Methods of Behavioral Observation, and Methods in Cognitive Anthropology (Cultural Domain Analysis).
TEXT ANALYSIS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY — This course surveys methods for analyzing text. The focus is on developing skills that students can use to do systematic analysis of textual data, including written texts, photos, and audio or video data.
GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY — This course introduces the different components of geospatial analysis and their applications and ingtegration  in anthropology: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Global Positioning System (GPS).  
well-established behavior observation methods to answer questions of anthropological interest. The methods include direct observations, time diaries, and newer techniques that rely on modern telecommunications or on an Internet-based interface.
RESEARCH METHODS IN COGNITIVE ANTHROPOLOGY (CULTURAL DOMAIN ANALYSIS) — This course covers the major methods for collecting and analyzing data about how people in a cultural group think about lists of things that somehow go together. Participants get hands-on practice with free lists, pile sorts, multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, and cultural consensus analysis.

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