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November 2017: Faculty Member Comments on Voluntourism

   November 10, 2017

Dr. Andrea Freidus has recently written an article for The Conversation critiquing the practice of volunteer tourism, especially among orphans and vulnerable children. While the practice is problematic, she argues that reframing these trips with a focus on cultural understanding and...

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September 2017: Spring Experiential Learning Courses

   November 8, 2017

Anthropology students will have two unique experiential learning opportunities this Spring Break. Dr. Juengst will be accompanying students to Bolivia where they can earn three credit hours for this course either through the Anthropology department or the History or Latin American Studies departments. Dr. Light will be leading students to the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City,...

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September 2017: Newly Published Book

   November 8, 2017

Dr. Sara Juengst has just co-authored a new book. Juengst and Becker's edited volume "The Bioarchaeology of Community" investigates how skeletons can teach us about past communities and social organizations. The 28th volume in the Archaeological Papers of the AAA series, the book focuses on novel combinations of methods and theory to highlight the ways past people lived and interacted with...

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August 2017: Small Research Grant

   November 8, 2017

Dr. Lydia Light was recently awarded the Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists. The grant will fund Dr. Light’s upcoming summer research investigating climate-related changes in food availability for one population of small, endangered apes living at the driest extreme of their distribution.

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August 2017: Teaching Excellence Recognition

   September 15, 2017

Dr. Coral Wayland has been nominated for the Bank of America Teaching Award. This award is presented annually to recognize faculty who excel in the classroom, bringing innovative teaching strategies and approaches to learning to their students. Dr. Wayland has been recognized for her dedication to improving the learning environment and willingness to support new teaching strategies with both...

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August 2017: New Faculty Announcement

   September 15, 2017

​This fall, the department is pleased to welcome two faculty members to new positions.      

 

Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor....

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June 2016: Three new faculty join the department

   June 21, 2016

The Department of Anthropology is pleased that three new faculty will be joining the department beginning in August, 2016. 

Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed for a two-year Lecturer position.

Lydia Light is a...

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April 2015: NSF Grant supports multi-location conference on social sustainability

   May 18, 2015

On April 8-10, 2015, the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) held its third annual meeting.  Unlike in past years, when the annual meeting was held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, this conference took place simultaneously at 5 sites across the globe, linked together by online technology.  Participants gathered in Charlotte, Lansing MI, Phoenix, AZ, Bend OR,...

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Dena Shenk receives 2015 de Silva Award

   March 30, 2015

Dena Shenk, professor of anthropology and graduate coordinator of the Gerontology Program, is the 2015 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Award; the honor is presented annually to a faculty member who best exemplifies de Silva’s commitment to graduate students.

Colleagues regard Shenk as an exceptional graduate mentor who has had an influential impact on the Gerontology Program....

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Sectarianism in the Middle East topic of Great Decisions talk

   February 4, 2015

Joyce Dalsheim, assistant professor in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, will discuss sectarianism in the Middle East as the fifth speaker in the 2015 Great Decisions lecture series.  This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist who studies nationalism, religion...

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