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Upcoming Events 

Conference Schedule for the 2012-'13 School Year

March 18-22, 2014: Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 23-27, 2014: Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas

April 8-12, 2013: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures 

April 2, 2014 - Bach Pham, MA Anthropology(2012)

Title of Talk: "So, You're a What?: Preparing to Work as a Cultural Anthropologist in the Real World"

April 9, 2014 - Emma Browning, BA Anthropology and Theatre Arts(2011)

Title of Talk: "All Over the Place: Literally and Figuratively"

April 16, 2014 - Lauren Souther, MA Anthropology(2012)

Title of Talk: "Cultural Resource Management: A Career in Archaeology"

All lectures will be given from 12:00pm until 1:00pm in Room 262 Flanagan Building. Refreshments will be served for early attendees.

Bort Scholarship in Anthropology Now Open for Applications

The Bort Scholarship in Anthropology is a scholarship awarded annually to an East Carolina University student with a declared major in Anthropology.  It will be presented at the end of each academic year to the student who, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, has most excelled in his/her Anthropology-related studies and has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. The award recipient will receive a cash prize in the spring that must be applied to tuition or other educational expenses in the following academic year.  Therefore, only students returning for the following school year are eligible.

The Selection Committee will consist of three Anthropology faculty members appointed by the Unit Chair. As the academic advisor, the Unit Chair should serve as a resource person to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will solicit applications from all declared Anthropology majors who have been enrolled at ECU during the past year and who will be returning the following year, to be submitted to an appointed selection committee member.  Previous awardees are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their Anthropology-related achievements in the past year in 250 words or less and their curriculum vitae.  Applicants should be sure to note their unique academic achievements, their extracurricular contributions to the program, their participation in the ECU Undergraduate or Graduate Research/Creative Activity Week or similar extramural scholarly venues, tutoring experience, outreach activities, and any other Anthropology-related activities that enhance their profile. The application materials must be submitted to the Unit Chair by March 17, 2014.



Recent Events





4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures

The most recent alumni lecture series was a great success. The visiting speakers and their lectures are featured below.

Visiting Speakers:

  • March 20, Blake Wiggs

Title of Talk: "Anthropology and Education"

Year of Graduation and Degrees: BA in Anthropology (2008), MA in Teaching (2010)

  • April 3, Christine Andresen

Title of Talk: "Anthropologist in the Library: An Unexpected Adventure"

Year of Graduation and Degrees: BA in Anthropology (2007), MA in Library Science (2010)

  • April 10, Daryl Armour

Title of Talk: "My Experiences within CRM"

Year of Graduation and Degrees: MA in Anthropology (2012)

  • April 17, Kyle McCandless

Title of Talk: "Education and the Real World: Integration and Transitions"

Year of Graduation and Degree: MA in Anthropology (2012)

  • April 24, Dr. Cynthia Bellacero

Title of Talk: "From Archaeology to Administration: It Can Happen to You"

Year of Graduation and Degrees: BA in Anthropology (2011), MA in Anthropology (2004) - Concentration in Prehistoric Archaeology

For More videos from the Annual Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series click here!


Department News

  • Dr. David Griffith received the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and is announced as the Interim Director for the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy (see below on left)!
  • Dr. Eric Bailey published his new book, cover shown below on right, The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States.
  • Check out the Department of Anthropology newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.
  • Congratulations to our graduate students published in the North Carolina Archaeology Journal!
    • New Data, Old Methods: The Rediscovery, Definition, and Functional Analysis of the George Moore House at Colonial Brunswick Town, by Jennifer L. Gabriel, pp. 71-93
    • NAGPRA's Impact on Academic Research in North Carolina and the Southeast, by William C. Broughton, pp. 94-121
    • Archaeologists as Activists: Can Archaeologists Change the World?, edited by M. Jay Stottman (book review), by Hannah P. Smith, pp. 130-136
  • Dr. Charles Ewen was elected president of the Society for Historic Archaeology, one of the largest anthropological organizations in the United States.
  • Dr. David Griffith recently received NSF funding for the research project "Managed Migration and the Value of Labor." To find out more about his upcoming research project, click here.

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 Anthropology Student Organization News

Election Results for 2013-14 Office

President: Jennifer Adamo

Vice President: Esmeralda Rodriguez

Secretaries: Heather Batchelder

Treasurer: Alex Terry

If students are interested in joining ASO, please be sure to join the Anthropology Department Facebook page. Our focus this year will be fundraising events including a bake sale, raffle, garage sale, hot chocolate during finals week and the drink/snack station in the archaeology lab. We will post announcements on the Facebook page and website. Come out and see us! 

Interested in an Anthropology Student Organization T-Shirt? Check it out!

T-shirts are $15! The deadline to hand in money for T-shirts is Oct 31st. Please contact Jennifer for more information or stop by one of our fundraisers!

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