Professors Hoffman and Burke on Anthropology and the Environment

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The SOAN Student Club has organized a pair of lectures for Monday evening. Drs. David Hoffman (Mississippi State) and Brian Burke (Appalachian State) will be describing several of their research projects, and conveying how they sought to address broader environmental concerns with anthropology. Both Hoffman and Burke have a variety of diverse research projects under their belts, many of which are focused on Latin America. After describing a few of them, the lecture will pivot to a student-guided conversation about anthropology, doing anthropology, and the goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable and just world.

Anthropology and the Environment: Balancing Society and Sustainability
Brian Burke (Appalachian State) and David Hoffman (Mississippi State)
Monday, March 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center

We hope to see you there.




Ethnographic Training this Summer

CER Elena webStudents in Puget Sound’s SOAN department have the opportunity to emerge from the program with substantial methodological training — with two required methods courses and other opportunities to put those skills to work. Nonetheless, additional methodological training can be useful, and this is one of the opportunities available to advanced undergraduate students.

Berkeley’s Center for Ethnographic Research has a summer training program, cosponsored with Berkeley’s Department of Sociology. The program runs from July 7 to August 11, and you can find more details at the links above. If this sounds of interest, have a look.


Peace Corps Conversation Today!

RPCV Panel Poster-2Are you considering U.S. Peace Corps service? Many of you may know that Puget Sound ranks #1 in the number of its graduates choosing to serve in the Peace Corps among small colleges. However, perhaps you have questions about whether this experiential learning (and serving) opportunity is right for you. If so, please plan to attend a panel with Puget Sound faculty who have served in the Peace Corps, including SOAN’s Jennifer Utrata, Associate Professor of Sociology. She was in the first group of volunteers to serve in formerly Soviet Central Asia (Uzbekistan) in the early 1990s.

What: Panel Discussion with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
When: Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:30
Where: Howarth 101

Hope to see you there!

Kathryn Stutz ’17 Presentation Today

Junior Kathryn Stutz will be delivering a presentation about her AHSS Summer Research Project this afternoon as part of the Collins Library’s Behind the Archives Door series. Kathryn’s fascinating project employed methods and approaches she developed in SOAN, but successfully found a rich interdisciplinary vein to explore — one that is very much about Puget Sound’s early environmental work. Key Information:

What: Murray Johnson collection on the Cape Thompson Environmental Impact Report, 1946-1978
When: Tuesday, March 1, 4:00 to 5:00
Where: Collins Library, Archives and Special Collections, 2nd floor
More: light refreshments will be provided

More information: Kathryn received a 2015 AHSS Summer Research Award to work on the archival material transferred from the Slater Museum of Natural History to the Archives & Special Collections. These letters, biological records, and other historical documents center around a significant event in the history of the modern environmental movement: the development and eventual rejection of ‘Project Chariot,’ a proposal by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to use nuclear blasts to create a harbor in northern Alaska. Kathryn arranged and described the Murray Johnson collection on the Cape Thompson Environmental Impact Report, 1946-1978, as well as conducted research in Alaska this past summer. Join us as Kathryn discusses the collection and her research.

Hope to see you there!