Summer Immersion Internship Program

Hi all,

While ‘experiential learning’ has been an integral feature of the ethnographic disciplines since their inception (consider Malinowski, participant-observation, and his interest in the ‘inponderabilia (sic?) of actual life’), Puget Sound has recently established a program that seeks to enhance and support students’ opportunities to learn in situ. To that end, the fund established by the University for students’ summer internships supports experiential learning in a handful of institutions in the region.

If an internship at Alchemy Skateboarding, The Emergency Food Network, Goodwill, or the handful of other institutions listed here fits with your summer plans, you might consider applying to this new program. Successful applicants receive a $3000 stipend and reside on campus for the summer. More information is available here.



Elena Becker, presentation and award!

Junior Elena Becker will be deliver a afternoon lecture about her research in Borneo. The project, entitled Cultural Authenticity and the Impacts of Cultural Tourism in Malaysian Borneo, was the result of an AHSS summer research grant from the University of Puget Sound. Come check it out!

What: Elena Becker’s Summer Research Presentation
When: Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: MC309

And there’s more! Elena recently received IMG_6174confirmation that her paper had been awarded second place in the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Peter K. New Award. Research for her paper, entitled Malagasy Cookstove Use and the Potential for Alternative Models: A Case Study in Madagascar’s Vakinankaratra Region, was conducted during her semester abroad with the School of International Training (SIT), and built on the ethnographic fieldwork skills she developed in the department. The competition pitted her paper against a slew of excellent, PhD-level submissions, which marks her award as particularly impressive.

The award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist and former president of the SfAA. The prize is awarded to papers which exemplify applied research in the social/behavioral sciences. Second place in the SfAA’s competition comes with a substantial, $1500 stipend, travel monies to help facilitate attendance the conference in Vancouver this March, and an invitation to submit the paper to the society’s flagship journal, Human Organization, for potential publication.

Congratulations, Elena. We’re so proud of you!








Professor Denise Glover talks about her new album

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We asked our colleague, Professor Denise Glover, to talk about her new album! Here’s what she had to say:

To kick off the new year, I released a new album, titled Pathways. This is my first solo album (which just means that it is a work separate from membership in my band, Rosin in the Aire). Although a “solo” album, I am incredibly indebted to the amazing musicians that joined me, including Puget Sound’s very own Professor Don Share (P&G Dept, and in several bands), who plays guitar and sings harmony on two cuts. The songs (lyrics and music) are all my own with the exception of one song (my husband wrote the lyrics for “Your Face”). We started on this project back in March of 2015, with our first recording date at David Lange Studios in April and our last in October 2015 (I did research in China during part of the summer, and we were all very busy). My producer, Julian Smedley, an accomplished musician and producer, plays impressive guitar, fiddle, and viola throughout. Also joining me was Cary Black (Kathy Kallick Band) on bass, Bob Knetzger (The Debutones) on dobro and pedal steel, Jeff Busch (multiple bands) on percussion, Ben Smith (Heart) on drums, David Lange (Pearl Django, and a Puget Sound graduate!) on accordion, and two of my bandmates from Rosin in the Aire, JP Wittman on fiddle and Allan Walton on banjo. In addition to singing, I play mandolin and guitar on the album.

As some of you may know, as an undergraduate I studied music. It was fun, but my path branched off to the study of anthropology after that and I was fully consumed. After finishing my PhD, I found a way to balance my academic and musical lives, which makes me very happy and grateful—one feeds my mind, the other my soul. Several of my songs reflect my anthropological outlook on life, from writing about the human condition, travel, love, and family, to being self-reflective about one’s own short-comings. “Deep History” is a song that starts out talking about my own family history, and then expands to talk about the history of our species, tracing back to mitochondrial Eve in Africa, and how all humans are relatives (a point too easily forgotten). I wrote “Pietracatella” after exploring my own family roots in Italy and visiting my great grand-mother’s natal village (after which the song is named). “Along the Path” came to me when I first started studying Buddhism and became interested in Asia (many years ago). A recent song I wrote, but not on the album, is titled “Medicine Man” and is inspired by the research I have done with Tibetan doctors in China’s SW.

I experienced my first live radio interview a couple of weeks ago (interesting to be on the “other” end of the interview—since we anthropologists interview people a lot of the time), and on February 19th we will be having a CD release party in Seattle at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. If you would like to learn more about my music, please visit  or Here is the first cut on Pathways, one of my favorites (and Don Share plays and sings on this one): “High Plains Drifter”  [here is the link to insert, to hyperlink:  ]

Thanks for reading/listening!