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Lecture by Dr. Sarah Sterling this Saturday!

Dr. Sarah Sterling will present “Why Build the Pyramids? Exploring one of ancient Egypt’s Most Fascinating Phenomena” in Cannon Beach this Saturday, Oct. 22nd. This presentation explores the intertwined history of Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife, the construction of early tombs and later pyramids, and the economic and environmental motivations for their construction. See our News and Events page for more information.
Location: Cannon Beach History Center and Museum
4:00 p.m.Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Doug Wilson’s Book Review, Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens

Professor Douglas Wilson’s review of Mark Warner and Margie Purser’s book Historical Archaeology Through a Western Lens has just been published in Historical Archaeology. 

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Ken Ames’ Publication in the Journal of Social Archaeology

Faculty Emeritus Kenneth Ames co-authored a recently published paper in the Journal of Social Archaeology entitled, “The role of small villages in Northern Tsimshian territory from oral and archaeological records.” Find it here

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Charles Klein’s “Opening Up the Echo Chamber”

Anthropology Department Professor Charles Klein’s article “Opening Up the Echo Chamber: Teaching Cultural Competence in Contentious Times” has been published in the current issue of Teaching Anthropology.   

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Mandy Elder’s Thesis Defense – This Friday at 2 p.m.!

Please join us at 2 p.m. in Cramer Hall 287 for Mandy Elder’s Thesis Defense:


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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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Archaeology First Thursday- May 4th!


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Announcing New Faculty Hire – Dr. Mrinalini Tankha

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Anthropology Department has hired Dr. Mrinalini Tankha for our open position in applied socio-cultural anthropology.

Dr. Tankha specializes in economic and business anthropology, with interests in money, globalization, international development, urban social networks, technology, digital finance, and human-centered design. She does her research in Cuba, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Tankha received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2013, and she is currently serving as a post-doc at The Institute for MoneyTechnology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California – Irvine.

Dr. Tankha will teach an online course, Anth 399: Anthropology of Development, during the first 4 weeks of Summer Term. We look forward to seeing her here in Portland on campus during the Fall Quarter.

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Dr. Murillo – Job talk Thurs Jan 19 and student lunch Fri Jan 20th

Please join us for a talk entitled “Hacking Ties: transnationality, morality and politics of computing expertise” by Dr. Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo. The talk will be held in Cramer Hall sub-basement room S-17 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th. Dr. Murillo is a finalist for the open position in applied socio-cultural anthropology.

Students are welcome to meet Dr. Murillo for a deli lunch at noon on Friday, January 20th in the Anthropology Department lounge (CH 141).jan19-talk

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The Anthropology Department is in the process of hiring a new Assistant Professor with expertise in applied socio-cultural anthropology.
Our Search Committee has selected three finalists for on-campus interviews. Candidates will be on campus in the second and third weeks of the term. Please come meet them!
Each candidate will give a job talk to which all students and faculty are invited. In addition, students will have the chance to meet the candidate at pizza lunches. See the list below for the times and locations of the talks and lunches:
Hacking Ties: Transnationality, Morality and Politics of Computing Expertise
Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo
Thurs, Jan 19th, 4 PM, CH S-17
Students are welcome to meet Dr. Murillo for a pizza lunch at noon on Friday, January 20th in the Anthropology Department lounge (CH 141).
The New Cuban Counterpoint: Money and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba
Mrinalini Tankha
Mon, Jan 23rd, 4 PM, SMSU 327
Students are welcome to meet Dr. Tankha for a pizza lunch at noon on Tuesday, January 24th in the Anthropology Department lounge (CH 141).
“We Are Living Memory!”: Impunity and Maya Survivors’ Struggle for Justice in the Case of the Acteal Massacre
Claudia Chávez
Thurs, Jan 26th, 4 PM, CH S-17
Students are welcome to meet Dr. Chávez for a pizza lunch at noon on Friday, January 27th in the Anthropology Department lounge (CH 141).

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