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.

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
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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

Dr. Holly Mathews joined an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the Ebola Outbreak. The resulting article from the Daily Reflector describes the panel and discussion!
The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) raised funds with Project Tumara to provide education and donations for the Ebola outbreak. Check out The East Carolinian for more details!
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!
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."