Rites and Rituals

Each semester the Department of Anthropology customarily marks and celebrates important events and milestones of students' accomplishments. Our department graduation ceremonies take place in both December and May so that students and their families can commemorate this important milestone achievement in a small and personal setting. Professors recognize the student's growth and accomplishments. They also share significant elements of the students' university experience with the audience. In addition, the department gets together for potlucks, picnics and dinners during the academic year. The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) organizes events as well, including fundraisers, and meetings and field trips to museums and conferences that give students opportunities to exchange ideas, network with each other, and build camaraderie.

Departmental Events - Spring 2015

Department Events: Fall 2014

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Department Graduation, Class of 2011-'12

A fun photo with the graduating class
Professors line up for graduation
Dr. Bunger poses with a graduating student
The graduating class of 2011-'12
Dr. Luchsinger hands out a pair of awards
Dr. Daniel lines up for a slice
The master students graduating this Spring 
The reception
Students prepare for the ceremony
Dr. Matthews meets one of the graduating student's families

Department Events: Spring 2012

Anth Department graduate students presenting at the Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Conference in Baltimore, MD. From left to right: Malanie Hamilton, Jasine Johnson, Bach Pham, Jing Xu, Kim Fleming and Dr. Holly Matthews
Dr. Saidel helps a student before class
Dr. Ewen and students at an event in Joyner Library
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Graduate student Kyle McCandless presents his thesis research at the Society for American Archeology
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Graduate student Jing Xu before her internship defense
Students in the applied anthropology course have an open poster day to present their term projects
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Graduate student Lauren Souther presents her thesis research at the Society for American Archeology
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Dr. Bunger poses before for his lecture
The new department board
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A student presents her term presentation
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The annual department picnic
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Students preparing for their conference panel
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Anthropology Student Organization, 2011-'12

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ASO in Baltimore for the Society for Applied Anthropology Conference
The Spring ASO tag sale. Dr. Daniel and Lisa Gibbs on the prowl for some literature
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Department News

Celebrate National Anthropology Day with us! We will be hosting a public open house on Thursday, February 19th from 6pm-8:30pm. See the labs, hear the presentations, and enjoy kids activities. See our Events page for more details!

Join the North Carolina Studies program for "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change" by Dr. Avenarius. More details are on the Events page.

Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.