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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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Portland State of Mind

From October 12-21, PSU will be hosting Portland State of Mind. There are two events that may be of particular interest to anthropology students. Both are free and open to the public:
The School of Gender, Race and Nations (SGRN) is hosting “Transnational Intersections” on Tuesday, October 17 from 2:30-4:00pm. Faculty members from departments and programs in the SGRN discuss the ways in which their research and teaching are both transnational and intersectional, complicating—indeed, challenging—dominant methodological and pedagogical approaches. Please join Sri Craven (associate professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Elena Avilés (assistant professor, Chicano/Latino Studies) Eddy Alvarez (assistant professor, Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies/University Studies), and Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne (scholar in residence, Indigenous Nations Studies) for an intriguing discussion moderated by Winston Grady-Willis (director, SGRN, professor, Black Studies). 
Indigenous Nations Studies (INST) is hosting: “Reclaiming the Urban Forest for Food, Medicine, and Ceremony” on October 18, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Native American Student and Community Center (NASCC) rm 110. Join INST instructor Judy BlueHorse Skelton and local community leaders for an overview of Indigenous cultural collaboration projects in the Portland Metro Region. 

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October First Thursday

The Anthropology Department is excited to continue hosting Archaeology First Thursdays. The first event of the term will be on October 5 at 4:00pm in Cramer Hall 41. Martin Adams (Paleoinsect Research) will present: “Of Lice and Men: An Overview of Recent Archaeoentomological Projects in the Pacific Northwest.” 

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Upcoming Workshop: How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptologist John Sarr will lead two day-long sessions on Egyptian hieroglyphics. The first session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14th, and will cover how hieroglyphs are used to write in the Ancient Egyptian language and combined to create statements. The second session on Saturday, October 21st, will cover statements which explain what someone is doing in a scene and what someone has done in life, found mainly in tombs and on funerary steles. Both sessions will take place in Cramer Hall, room 287. For more information, please visit the Department of Anthropology’s webpage on the Egyptian Hieroglyph workshops. 

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Sat, 5/6, Contemporary Chinese Society: A View from the Films of Zhang Yimou


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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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